The Virginian (1929)

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    Information from IMDb

    Plot Summary
    Molly Wood arrives in a small western town to be the new schoolmarm.
    The Virginian, foreman on a local ranch, and Steve, his best fiend,
    soon become rivals for her affection.
    Steve falls in with bad guys led by Trampas, and the Virginian catches him cattle rustling.
    As foreman, he must give the order to hang his friend. Trampas gets away,
    but returns in time for the obligatory climactic shootout in the streets.
    Written by John Oswalt

    Full Cast
    Gary Cooper ... The Virginian
    Walter Huston ... Trampas
    Mary Brian ... Molly Stark Wood
    Richard Arlen ... Steve
    Helen Ware ... Mrs. Taylor
    Chester Conklin ... Uncle Hughey
    Eugene Pallette ... 'Honey' Wiggin
    Victor Potel ... Nebrasky
    E.H. Calvert ... Judge Henry
    Ernie Adams ... Saloon Singer / Henchman (uncredited)
    Earl Gordon Bostwick ... Bit Part (uncredited)
    Ed Brady ... Greasy - Rustler Who Escapes (uncredited)
    Fred Burns ... Fred - Ranch Hand (uncredited)
    George Chandler ... Bug Ears - Box H Hand (uncredited)
    Willie Fung ... Hong - Box H Cook (uncredited)
    Seessel Anne Johnson ... Little Girl (uncredited)
    Bob Kortman ... Rustler Who Is Shot (uncredited)
    Ethan Laidlaw ... Posse Man (uncredited)
    Anderson Lawler ... Cowboy (uncredited)
    Jim Mason ... Jim - Frightened Rustler (uncredited)
    Lew Meehan ... Rustler (uncredited)
    George Morrell ... Rev. Dr. McBride (uncredited)
    Jack Pennick ... Slim - Box H Hand (uncredited)
    Nina Quartero ... Girl in Bar (uncredited)
    Randolph Scott ... Rider (uncredited)
    Charles Stevens ... Pedro - Trampas' Henchman (uncredited)
    Dick Winslow ... Young Boy (uncredited)
    Tex Young ... Shorty (uncredited)

    Writing Credits
    Owen Wister (by) and
    Kirk La Shelle (by)
    Grover Jones (adapted by) and
    Keene Thompson (adapted by)
    Howard Estabrook (screen play)
    Edward E. Paramore Jr. (dialogue)
    Joseph L. Mankiewicz titles (uncredited)

    Original Music
    Karl Hajos (uncredited)

    J. Roy Hunt
    Edward Cronjager

    As in the novel and the play that the movie is based on, the Virginian's name is never mentioned.

    The original play by Owen Wister and Kirk La Shelle opened in New York on 5 January 1904.

    Gary Cooper's first all-talking film. He felt that sound would ruin him, believing his voice
    wasn't adequate to the task. Yet, it was "The Virginian" that turned him
    from a promising young leading man into a full-fledged star.

    One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949,
    which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution,
    and have been owned and controlled by MCA ever since.

    Future western movie icon Randolph Scott, from Virginia,
    was hired as a dialect coach to teach Gary Cooper a Virginia accent,
    and also has a small non-speaking part in the film.

    "Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 2, 1936
    with Gary Cooper reprising his film role.

    Although the story spans the late 1870's through the early 1880's,
    Molly refers to her grandfather being killed in the Cherry Valley Massacre.
    As that took place in 1778, at least 100 years earlier, that seems highly unlikel

    Memorable Quotes

    Filming Locations
    Lone Pine, California, USA
    Paramount Ranch - 2813 Cornell Road, Agoura, California, USA
    Sierra Railroad, Jamestown, California, USA (train scenes)
    Sonora, California, USA

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    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited 4 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • The Virginian is a 1929 Western film directed by Victor Fleming
    and starring Gary Cooper, Walter Huston, and Richard Arlen.

    Based on the 1902 novel The Virginian by Owen Wister, the film is about a good-natured cowboy
    who romances the new schoolmarm and has a crisis of conscience
    when he learns his best friend is involved in cattle rustling.

    The film is well known for Cooper's line, "If you wanna call me that—smile,"
    in response to a cuss by the antagonist.

    Look out for Duke 'Pals'
    Jack Pennick as a Slim - Box H Hand (uncredited)
    Randolph Scott as a Rider (uncredited)


    Future western movie icon Randolph Scott, from Virginia,
    was hired as a dialect coach to teach Gary Cooper a Virginia accent,
    and also has a small non-speaking part in the film.

    User Review

    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited once, last by ethanedwards ().

  • Nice review-can't say I agre with it tho, but it's been a bit over 30 years since I saw the film. It was 1980, I was with my wife at the hospital awaiting the birth of out 1st child. The TV in her room only had one station-WGN out of Chicago-no cable then. At 1am, the 1929 Virginian came on. Watching it, I felt I was the one going thru labor! Maybe now I'd feel differently, but back then it bored the heck out of me.