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Gary Cooper: American Life, American Legend (1989)

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Trying Hard To Look Like Gary Cooper, Super Duper
27 January 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Probably no other screen legend was so perfectly cast as a hero as was Gary Cooper. Even in later years when an edge of cynicism crept into his roles, you always saw Coop piercing through those expressive eyes hoping the world was not really as bad as he was seeing.

Richard Schickel's production had the good fortune to acquire the services of Clint Eastwood as narrator. The parallels between High Noon and Dirty Harry are hard to miss. Both Will Kane and Harry Callahan are highly moral men who've taken it on themselves to do a disagreeable job that few step up to the plate to do.

Much as I admire what Cooper did in High Noon, his more straightforward heroes appeal to me best. Mr. Deeds Goes To Town, Meet John Doe, Sergeant York and my personal favorite of all his films Friendly Persuasion are more of what I like to see from him on screen. Even what I consider one of his worst films, The Fountainhead got a viewing mainly because of his relationship with Patricia Neal.

What was really nice was a clip from the Jack Benny Show with Coop trying his hand at the Everly Brothers classic Johnny Is A Joker. I have a radio broadcast on vinyl of Coop with his Paramount buddy Bing Crosby on his radio show post World War II. That's a treasure.

And so is the work and memory of Gary Cooper.


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