MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 11,459 this week

The Virginian (1929)

Passed  -  Western  -  9 November 1929 (USA)
7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 319 users  
Reviews: 7 user | 5 critic

A good-natured cowboy who is romancing the new schoolmarm has a crisis of conscience when he discovers his best friend is engaged in cattle rustling.

Director:

Writers:

(by), (by), 5 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: August

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they recommend for August 2014.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 201 titles
created 17 Jan 2012
 
a list of 40 titles
created 19 Feb 2012
 
a list of 95 titles
created 05 Mar 2012
 
a list of 23 titles
created 14 May 2013
 
list image
a list of 53 titles
created 20 May 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "The Virginian" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Virginian (1929)

The Virginian (1929) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Virginian.

User Polls

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Plainsman (1936)
Biography | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Wild Bill Hickok attempts to stop an Indian uprising that was started by white gun-runners.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, James Ellison
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Both Sprague and Jett and their crews are hunting buffalo. Doan is with Sprague and is looking for the Jett outfit where his girlfriend Milly is being held against her will. In addition to ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: Randolph Scott, Judith Allen, Buster Crabbe
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

While building an irrigation system for a Southwestern desert community, an engineer vies with a local cowboy for the affections of a rancher's daughter.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Ronald Colman, Vilma Bánky, Gary Cooper
Morocco (1930)
Certificate: Passed Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A cabaret singer and a Legionnaire fall in love, but their relationship is complicated by the results of his womanizing and due to the appearance of a rich man who wants her for himself.

Director: Josef von Sternberg
Stars: Gary Cooper, Marlene Dietrich, Adolphe Menjou
Applause (1929)
Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A burlesque star seeks to keep her convent-raised daughter away from her low-down life and abusive lover/stage manager.

Director: Rouben Mamoulian
Stars: Helen Morgan, Joan Peers, Fuller Mellish Jr.
The Virginian (1962–1971)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The Shiloh Ranch in Wyoming Territory of the 1890s is owned in sequence by Judge Garth, the Grainger brothers, and Col. MacKenzie. It is the setting for a variety of stories, many more ... See full summary »

Stars: James Drury, Doug McClure, Lee J. Cobb
Colt .45 (1950)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Gun salesman Steve Farrell gets two of his new Colt .45 pistols stolen from him by ruthless killer Jason Brett but vows to recover them.

Director: Edwin L. Marin
Stars: Randolph Scott, Ruth Roman, Zachary Scott
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A musical revue that basically has Paramount stars and contract-players doing things some had never done on screen, and wouldn't again; such as Ruth Chatteron , in a French-café setting ... See full summary »

Directors: Dorothy Arzner, Otto Brower, and 9 more credits »
Stars: Jean Arthur, Clara Bow, Maurice Chevalier
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The queen of mythical Sylvania marries a courtier, who finds his new life unsatisfying.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Stars: Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Lupino Lane
Certificate: Passed Action | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Sheriff Mark Rowley and his brother John find themselves in an annexed area of Indian Territory which is home to notorious outlaws like Jesse James and Sam Bass.

Director: Tim Whelan
Stars: Randolph Scott, Ann Richards, George 'Gabby' Hayes
The Virginian (1923)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Molly Wood arrives in a small western town to be the new schoolmarm. The Virginian, foreman on a local ranch, takes a shine to her, and vows that he will make her love him. The Virginian's ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Forman
Stars: Kenneth Harlan, Florence Vidor, Russell Simpson
The Virginian (1914)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A good-natured but chivalrous cowboy romances the local schoolmarm and leads the posse that brings a gang of rustlers, which includes his best friend, to justice.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Dustin Farnum, Jack W. Johnston, Sydney Deane
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
...
Helen Ware ...
Mrs. Taylor
Chester Conklin ...
Uncle Hughey
...
Victor Potel ...
E.H. Calvert ...
Edit

Storyline

Molly Wood arrives in a small western town to be the new schoolmarm. The Virginian, foreman on a local ranch, and Steve, his best fiend, soon become rivals for her affection. Steve falls in with bad guys led by Trampas, and the Virginian catches him cattle rustling. As foreman, he must give the order to hang his friend. Trampas gets away, but returns in time for the obligatory climactic shootout in the streets. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Like An All Talking "Covered Wagon"!

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Passed
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 November 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Agora ou Nunca  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$425,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

As in the novel and the play that the movie is based on, the Virginian's name is never mentioned. See more »

Goofs

Although the story spans the late 1870's through the early 1880's, Molly refers to her grandfather being killed in the Cherry Valley Massacre. As that took place in 1778, at least 100 years earlier, that seems highly unlikely. See more »

Quotes

Trampas: You're liable to talk yourself into a heap of trouble, my friend.
The Virginian: Since when was I your friend, Trampas?
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.45 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Three Blind Mice
(uncredited)
Traditional children's song
Sung by the children in school
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
An artful early talkie western
30 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have to admit, the Western genre usually isn't up my alley, but this one grabbed me when I saw it as a teenager on Christmas break in 1973, and so when I saw it was for sale on DVD-R I bought a copy. My memories did not deceive me - it is still a very good Western whose technique is seemingly unencumbered by the youth of sound technology in 1929.

Some things are rather obvious Western clichés, such as the fact that the hero - The Virginian (Gary Cooper) - is always wearing a white hat and generally a light colored shirt. Trampas (Walter Huston), the villain, is always wearing a black hat and black shirt and has a kind of Yosemite Sam black mustache that is so large and cartoonish that Walter Huston is almost unrecognizable underneath it. Steve (Richard Arlen), the Virginian's friend, starts out wearing gray looking clothing. This indicates Steve is no hero but not an outright villain either - he just longs for some easy money. He wears more and more black as Trampas seduces him with the possible big scores of cattle rustling. Then there's the famous line "Smile when you say that" uttered by the Virginian to Trampas. Many people think that line originated here, but it was used in westerns before this. Among those that still exist there's 1925's "Go West" with Buster Keaton being given this command and who would comply if only his facial muscles would let him.

However, Paramount, the studio that in the early talkie era employed Lubitsch, Chevalier, and Dietrich and made so many sophisticated precodes was also capable of making one of the best of the early sound westerns. The emotions here are real - including the hanging of some rustlers, some who meet their end with courage and others who meet it with cowardice. Those hanging them are without malice - it is just something they have to do or else they'd be overrun by the lawless and starve to death.

Civilized America is symbolized by schoolmarm Molly Stark (Mary Brian), imported from Vermont to teach the pioneers' children and increasingly horrified by the savagery of the place. She just doesn't get that you can't expect some imaginary police force to come to your rescue. The romance between her and the Virginian has many parallels in "High Noon" made 23 years later.

Not to say this one is all serious though, there are plenty of laughs to be had especially in the first half of the film. Especially charming and funny is the scene where Molly and the Virginian discuss Romeo and Juliet with the Virginian giving insight into the soul of a pioneer with his interpretation of the story. Then there's Eugene Palette as a cowpoke. Palette like Cooper had been around during the silent era, but the coming of sound increased their value as performers. I'd recommend this to fans of the early talkie whether Westerns are normally of interest to you are not. This is really a good and interesting film.


7 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Randolph Scott? donwc1996
Owen Wister's book pete2141
Discuss The Virginian (1929) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?