The Westerner (1940)

The Westerner


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Movie Info

Producer Sam Goldwyn invests his uncommonly acute sense of taste and showmanship in the big-budget period film The Westerner. The title character, played by Gary Cooper, is a drifter who is accused of stealing a horse. He is brought before "The Only Law West of the Pecos": that redoubtable rapscallion Judge Roy Bean, played by Walter Brennan (who won the third of his Oscars for this performance). Cooper saves himself from hanging by pretending that he's intimately acquainted with actress Lily … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Niven Busch & Jo Swerling, Jo Swerling, Niven Busch
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 29, 1998



as Cole Hardin

as Judge Roy Bean

as Jane-Ellen Mathews

as Caliphet Mathews

as Chickenfoot

as Lillie Langtry

as Southeast

as Mort Borrow

as Wade Harper

as King Evans

as Teresita

as Juan Gomez

as Lily Langtry

as Bart Cobble

as Eph Stringer

as Shad Wilkins

as Buck Harrigan

as Lee Webb

as Charles Evans

as Joe Yates

as Joe Lawrence

as Lee Webb

as John Yancy

as Hezekiah Willever

as Seth Tucker

as Leon Beauregard

as Abraham Wilson

as Joe Yates

as Walt McGary

as Janice

as Langtry's Maid

as Langtry's Manager

as Ticket Man

as Man at Window

as A Stranger

as Orchestra Leader

as Prisoner

as Stage Manager

as Man Getting Haircut

as Deputy

as Tex Cole
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Critic Reviews for The Westerner

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Gary Cooper gives a commanding performance in William Wyler's popular 1940 Western, which features Walter Brennan in an Oscar-winning turn

Full Review… | May 11, 2011

An offbeat melodramatic Western with added comedy that makes the villain a more arresting subject than the hero.

Full Review… | July 27, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

June 26, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Westerner


Ordinary western especially coming from Wyler. Walter Brennan won an Oscar for this?

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

I saw this on TV because I was bored. I hate westerns, and this movie didn't grab my interest, so I didn't watch the whole thing. From what I saw it didn't look like a great movie.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

one of my fave coop characters and walter brennan is a riot. directed by william wyler

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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