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Man of the West (1958) Poster

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Gary Cooper was, at 56, a decade older than Lee J. Cobb who played his "Uncle" Dock Tobin. Even with heavy makeup, it is generally agreed that Cobb still looked younger than Cooper, and Cooper was actually about 20 years older than his character was supposed to be. In addition, Cooper and John Dehner talk about being children together, but Dehner was actually 14 years younger than Cooper.
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James Stewart eagerly sought the role played by Gary Cooper, but since Stewart had fallen out with director Anthony Mann he did not get the part.
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Stewart Granger was originally announced for the lead role.
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Gary Cooper bravely did his own horse-riding scenes despite physical pain from a car accident years earlier.
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Screenwriter Philip Yordan had previously written a novel entitled "Man of the West", but it bears no relation at all to this film. Yordan's novel was filmed as Gun Glory (1957).
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Jean-Luc Godard, a film critic before he became a director, raved about the film, saying it was the best film of that year. Because of his recommendation, the film has been re-evaluated and is now considered a classic western.
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Warner Bros first announced this as a John Wayne vehicle in 1955.
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The last film Gary Cooper made before having plastic surgery in April 1958.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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