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5 November 1989 (USA) See more »
A retrospective on the life and career of actor Gary Cooper, includes memorial scenes from his best films. Narrated by Clint Eastwood. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Clint Eastwood ... Host

Gary Cooper ... Himself (archive footage)

Ernest Hemingway ... Himself (archive footage)
Sandra Shaw ... Herself (archive footage) (as Rocky Cooper)

James Stewart ... Himself (archive footage)

Jack Benny ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Richard Schickel 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Richard Schickel  writer

Produced by
Carol Rubinstein .... producer
Richard Schickel .... producer
Original Music by
Arthur B. Rubinstein 
Cinematography by
David Myers 
Film Editing by
Murray Jordan 
Sound Department
Paul Schremp .... audio mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Jay M. Huntoon .... videotape operator
Editorial Department
Michael Kelly .... on-line editor
Other crew
Mia K. Boyle .... production assistant
Maria Cooper Janis .... consultant
Marvin Eisenman .... researcher
Howard Green .... researcher
Richard Brooks .... acknowledgment
Georgia Cooper Burton .... acknowledgment
David Douglas Duncan .... acknowledgment
Marie Rugiero .... acknowledgment
Sandra Shaw .... acknowledgment (as Mrs. Gary Cooper)
James Stewart .... acknowledgment

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47 min
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Trying Hard To Look Like Gary Cooper, Super Duper, 27 January 2011
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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