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The Westerner (1940)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance | Western  -  20 September 1940 (USA)
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Judge Roy Bean, a self-appointed hanging judge in Vinergaroon, Texas, befriends saddle tramp Cole Harden, who opposes Bean's policy against homesteaders.

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Cole Harden
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Doris Davenport ...
Jane Ellen Mathews
Fred Stone ...
Caliphet Mathews
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Wade Harper
Paul Hurst ...
Chickenfoot
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Lilian Bond ...
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Hod Johnson
Charles Halton ...
Mort Borrow
Trevor Bardette ...
Shad Wilkins
Tom Tyler ...
King Evans
Lucien Littlefield ...
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Storyline

Cole Harden just doesn't look like a horse thief, Jane-Ellen Matthews tells Judge Roy Bean as she steps up to the bar. Cole says he can't take it with him as he empties all of his coins on the bar to buy drinks for the jury. He notices two big pictures of Lily Langtry behind the bar. Sure, Cole has met the Jersey Lily, whom the hanging judge adores, even has a lock of her hair. Hanging is delayed for two weeks, giving Cole time to get in the middle of a range war between cattlemen and homesteaders and to still be around when Lily Langtry, former mistress of Edward VII who became an international actress, arrives in Texas. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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NOTORIOUS DESPERADOES They fought... for a frontier empire! See more »

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Drama | Romance | Western

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20 September 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le cavalier du désert  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was the last film Samuel Goldwyn produced for United Artists before moving to RKO Radio Pictures in 1941. See more »

Goofs

The farmers were portrayed as having filed homesteads to acquire their land in Texas when in reality, there were no homesteaders in Texas. Because Texas, an independent republic, joined the Union in l845 with full statehood status from the beginning and never went through territorial status, there was never any federal government-owned land in the state to be open under the Homestead Act. See more »

Quotes

Cole Harden: Don't make a move, Judge. I'm comin down to get ya.
Judge Roy W. Bean: Come a-shootin.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: "After the Civil War, America, in the throes of rebirth, set its face West where the land was free. First came the cattlemen and with them "Judge" Roy Bean, who took the law into his own hands, administering justice according to his lights. That he left his impress on the history of Texas is tribute to his greatness. Then into his stronghold moved another army, the homesteaders, who ploughed the soil, fenced in fields, to bring security to their wives and children. War was inevitable, a war out of which grew the Texas of today." See more »

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Walter Brennan's Greatest Movie.
8 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie contains what has to be one of the great performances by Walter Brennan as Judge Roy Bean. Indeed, the title of this movie should have been "The Story of Judge Roy Bean" starring Walter Brennan. For it is obvious that this movie was a vehicle for Walter Brennan, not for Gary Cooper, who actually was cast in a supporting role in this movie. It is obvious that someone in the studio saw potential in Walter Brennan to star in a major motion picture in which Brennan, who was normally cast in supporting roles, carries the movie. What makes the movie even better is that it is based on a person who actually lived, which made the role even more challenging. Walter Brennan carries this movie and transforms what would have otherwise been just another western into a classic.


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