The Westerner (1940)




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In this film, the title character, played by Gary Cooper, is a drifter who is accused of stealing a horse. He is brought before the redoubtable rapscallion Judge Roy Bean. Cooper saves himself from hanging by pretending that he's intimately acquainted with actress Lily Langtry, whom Bean worships from afar.
Action & Adventure , Drama , Western
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Walter Brennan
as Judge Roy Bean
Forrest Tucker
as Wade Harper
Tom Tyler
as King Evans
Gary Cooper
as Cole Hardin
Chill Wills
as Southeast
Dana Andrews
as Bart Cobble
Lilian Bond
as Lily Langtry
Fred Stone
as Caliphet Mathews
Lucien Littlefield
as A Stranger
Lupita Tovar
as Teresita
Doris Davenport
as Jane-Ellen Mathews
Charles Halton
as Mort Borrow
Trevor Bardette
as Shad Wilkins
Paul Hurst
as Chickenfoot
Heinie Conklin
as Man at Window
Julian Rivero
as Juan Gomez
Lew Kelly
as Ticket Man
Art Mix
as Seth Tucker
Connie Leon
as Langtry's Maid
Ted Wells
as Joe Lawrence
Henry Roquemore
as Stage Manager
Corbet Morris
as Orchestra Leader
Charles Coleman
as Langtry's Manager
Hank Bell
as Deputy
Helen Foster
as Janice
Jack Pennick
as Bantry
Jim Corey
as Lee Webb
James Corey
as Lee Webb
Lillian Bond
as Lillie Langtry
Roger Gray
as Eph Stringer
Arthur Ayleswofth
as Mr. Dixon
Phil Tead
as Prisoner
Blackjack Ward
as Buck Harrigan
William Steele
as Tex Cole
Buck Moulton
as Charles Evans
C.E. Anderson
as Hezekiah Willever
Dan Borzage
as Joe Yates
Aleth Hanson
as Walt McGary
Philip Connor
as John Yancy
William Gillis
as Leon Beauregard
Buck Connor
as Abraham Wilson
Bill Bauman
as Man Getting Haircut
Danny Borzage
as Joe Yates
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Critic Reviews for The Westerner

All Critics (5)

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
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Audience Reviews for The Westerner

This is some great stuff! I really enjoyed it. And it was released in 1940? Man, has this movie aged well or what? It really holds up today.

Jared H
Jared H

Super Reviewer


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

jay nixon
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
Aj V

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