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The Westerner (1940) Poster

(1940)

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This film was the third Oscar win for Walter Brennan, who won three out of the five best Supporting Actor Academy Awards. Despite being nominated the subsequent year for Sergeant York (1941), also with Gary Cooper, he was never nominated again in a very long career.
This film is the first of five roles for Walter Brennan in support of Gary Cooper. The last was Task Force (1949) in 1949.
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Film debut of Forrest Tucker.
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This was the last film Samuel Goldwyn produced for United Artists, before moving to RKO Radio Pictures in 1941.
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 23, 1940 with Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan and Doris Davenport reprising their film roles.
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Opening credits: This story is legend founded on fact and, with the exception of "Judge" Roy Bean and Lily Langtry, all the characters are fictional.
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According to the New York Times review of the film on 25 October 1940, it opened at the Radio City Music Hall the night before, more than one month after the national opening on 20 September 1940. No reason was given for the apparent delay. Their credited cast list also is identical to the one in the AFI Catalog, including the character name of "Burt Cobble" for Dana Andrews. However, Variety's cast list has Andrews' name correctly as "Hod Johnson," so there is still a mystery concerning which are the original credits.
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The final film role of Fred Stone.
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