Gary Cooper - 100 Years of Movie Posters - 94

A Chronology of Gary Cooper Movie Posters 1929-1961.

Gary Cooper was born Frank James Cooper in Helena, Montana on May 7th, 1901.

He has been Oscar nominated 5 times winning Best Actor twice, for the films - Sergeant York (1941) and High Noon (1952).

Cooper or 'Coop' as he was commonly called, received an Honorary Oscar in 1961 "For his many memorable screen performances and the international recognition he, as an individual, has gained for the motion picture industry."

He had a voracious appetite but always remained thin.

He was married to Sandra Shaw from 1933 until his death (from prostate cancer) on May 13th, 1961. They had one child.

Ranked #11 on the American Film Institute's 50 Greatest Screen Legends list.

Gary Cooper appeared in over 100 movies this hub showcases poster art from 40 of those movies.

The Virginian (1929)
The Virginian (1929)


The Virginian (1929) Directed by Victor Fleming. 91mins.

Gary Cooper - The Virginian
Walter Huston - Trampas

Also starring Mary Brian, Richard Arlen, Helen Ware and Eugene Pallette.

Based on the novel by Owen Wister, first published in 1902.

Gary Cooper's first talking picture and first lead role in a western.

IMDB rating 6.9

Morocco (1930)
Morocco (1930)

Morocco (1930) Directed by Josef von Sternberg. 92mins.

Gary Cooper - Tom Brown
Marlene Dietrich - Amy Jolly
Adolphe Menjou - La Bessiere

Also starring Ullrich Haupt, Eve Southern and Francis McDonald.

Based on "Amy Jolly, the Woman from Marrakesh" by French-German novelist Benno Vigny.

The film was controversial at the time for the scene where Marlene Dietrich kisses a woman while dressed in a tuxedo.

Nominated for 4 Oscars - Best Director, Best Actress (Marlene Dietrich), Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction.

IMDB rating 7.3

A Farewell to Arms (1932)
A Farewell to Arms (1932)

A Farewell to Arms (1932) Directed by Frank Borzage. 80mins.

Gary Cooper - Lt. Frederic Henry
Helen Hayes - Catherine Barkley
Adolphe Menjou - Maj. Rinaldi

Also starring Mary Philips, Jack La Rue and Mary Forbes.

Based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway, published in 1929.

A Cinemascope with stereo sound remake starring Rock Hudson and Jennifer Jones was released in 1957.

Nominated for 4 Oscars including Best Picture, winning 2 - Best Cinematography and Best Sound.

IMDB rating 6.6

Design for Living (1933)
Design for Living (1933)


Design for Living (1933) Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. 91mins.

Fredric March - Thomas B. Chambers
Gary Cooper - George Curtis
Miriam Hopkins - Gilda Farrell

Also starring Edward Everett Horton, Isabel Jewell and Jane Darwell.

Based on the play of the same name by Noel Coward.

IMDB rating 7.6

The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935)
The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935)
The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935) Belgian poster
The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935) Belgian poster

The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935) Directed by Henry Hathaway. 109mins.

Gary Cooper - Lieutenant McGregor
Franchot Tone - Lieutenant Forsythe
Richard Cromwell - Lieutenant Stone

Also starring Guy Standing, C. Aubrey Smith, Kathleen Burke and Douglass Dumbrille.

Based on the book by Francis Yeats-Brown, published in 1930.

One of the biggest hits of the year.

Nominated for 8 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay, winning 2 - Best Assistant Director and Best Assistant Director.

Tagline - Set in the spectacle of mystic India with its glittering mosques, oirental palaces, weird music, bronzed nautch dancers

IMDB rating 7.4

Desire (1936)
Desire (1936)


Desire (1936) Directed by Frank Borzage. 95mins.

Marlene Dietrich - Madeleine de Beaupre
Gary Cooper - Tom Bradley

Also starring John Halliday, William Frawley, Akim Tamiroff and Alan Mowbray.

Romantic drama, a remake of a 1933 German film.

Tagline - Love was her precious loot!

IMDB rating 7.2

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) Directed by Frank Capra. 115mins.

Gary Cooper - Longfellow Deeds
Jean Arthur - Babe Bennett

Also starring George Bancroft, Lionel Stander, Douglass Dumbrille and H.B. Warner.

A Capra classic.

Based on Clarence Budington Kelland'a short story "Opera Hat", published in 1935.

Frank Capra won his 2nd of three Best Director Oscars, the other two were for It Happened One Night (1934) and You Can't Take it With You (1938).

Carole Lombard was considered for the lead female role.

Nominated for 5 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Actor (Gary Cooper), winning for Best Director.

IMDB rating 7.9

The General Died at Dawn (1936)
The General Died at Dawn (1936)

The General Died at Dawn (1936) Directed by Lewis Milestone. 98mins.

Gary Cooper - O'Hara
Madeleine Carroll - Judy Perrie

Also starring Akim Tamiroff, Dudley Digges, Porter Hall and William Frawley.

Set in war-torn China of the 1930s.

Nominated for 3 Oscars - Best Supporting Actor (Akim Tamiroff), Best Cinematography and Best Music Score (Boris Moross).

IMDB rating 6.7

The Plainsman (1936) Belgian poster
The Plainsman (1936) Belgian poster
The Plainsman (1936)
The Plainsman (1936)

The Plainsman (1936) Directed by Cecil B. DeMille. 113mins.

Gary Cooper - Wild Bill Hickok
Jean Arthur - Calamity Jane

Also starring James Ellison, Charles Bickford, Helen Burgess and Anthony Quinn.

Classic western based on the story "Wild Bill Hickok, the Prince of Pistoleers" by Frank J. Wilstach

The fictional adventures of real life Wild West legends, Wild Bill Hickock, Calamity Jane, Buffalo Bill and George Armstrong Custer. Even Abraham Lincoln makes a guest appearance.

John Wayne wanted to play Wild Bill Hickok but DeMille had his eye on Gary Cooper for the role.

IMDB rating 6.8

The Adventures of Marco Polo (1938) Belgian poster
The Adventures of Marco Polo (1938) Belgian poster
The Adventures of Marco Polo (1938)
The Adventures of Marco Polo (1938)


The Adventures of Marco Polo (1938) Directed by Archie Mayo. 104mins.

Gary Cooper - Marco Polo

Also starring Basil Rathbone, Sigrid Gurie, Binnie Barnes, Alan Hale, H.B. Warner and Lana Turner.

Gary Cooper's first big flop, the movie was expensive but failed to make a profit for the studio.

17 year old Lana Turner complained that they shaved her eyebrows to try to make her look Chinese.

IMDB rating 5.7

Beau Geste (1939)
Beau Geste (1939)
Beau Geste (1939)
Beau Geste (1939)

Beau Geste (1939) Directed by William A. Wellman. 112mins.

Gary Cooper - Beau Geste
Ray Milland - John Geste
Robert Preston - Digby Geste
Brian Donlevy - Sergeant Markoff

Also starring Susan Hayward, J. Carrol Naish, Albert Dekker and Broderick Crawford.

Based on the classic adventure novel by P.C. Wren, first published in 1924.

One of Coop's most famous films.

Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor (Brian Donlevy) and Best Art Direction.

Tagline - AGAIN...the three Gestes face a thousand dangers of the Sahara for each other...and love!

IMDB rating 7.8

The Westerner (1940)
The Westerner (1940)


The Westerner (1940) Directed by William Wyler. 100mins.

Gary Cooper - Cole Harden

Also starring Walter Brennan, Doris Davenport, Forrest Tucker, Chill Wills, Lilian Bond and Dana Andrews.

Classic western noteworthy for Walter Brennan's Oscar-winning performance as Judge Roy Bean, Brennan's third and last Oscar win.

Nominated for 3 Oscars winning Best Supporting Actor (Walter Brennan)

Tagline - The Raw Untamed Adventurous West... Lives Again!

IMDB rating 7.5

North West Mounted Police (1940) Belgian poster
North West Mounted Police (1940) Belgian poster
North West Mounted Police (1940)
North West Mounted Police (1940)

North West Mounted Police (1940) Directed by Cecil B. DeMille. 126mins.

Gary Cooper - Dusty Rivers
Madeleine Carroll - April Logan
Paulette Goddard - Louvette Corbeau
Preston Foster - Jim Brett
Robert Preston - Ronnie Logan

Also starring George Bancroft, Akim Tamiroff and Lon Chaney Jr.

Cecil B. DeMille's first colour movie.

Set in Canada in 1885.

Nominated for 5 Oscars including Best Music (Victor Young) and Best Cinematography, winning 1 - Best Film Editing.

Tagline - Two surging love stories woven into an unforgettable drama of human emotions, told against the blazing beauty of the northern forests . . . filmed in SUPER TECHNICOLOR !

IMDB rating 6.5

Meet John Doe (1941)
Meet John Doe (1941)

Meet John Doe (1941) Directed by Frank Capra. 122mins.

Gary Cooper - John Doe / John Willoughby
Barbara Stanwyck - Ann Mitchell

Also starring Edward Arnold, Walter Brennan, James Gleason and Gene Lockhart.

Based on a story by Richard Connell and Robert Presnell, Sr.

In one of the various endings tested on preview audiences around the country John Doe succeeds in commiting suicide at the climax but, surprise surprise, preview audiences hated that ending and they went with the happy ending.

Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay.

IMDB rating 7.7

Sergeant York (1941) French poster
Sergeant York (1941) French poster

Sergeant York (1941) Directed by Howard Hawks. 134mins.

Gary Cooper - Alvin York

Also starring Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie, George Tobias, Stanley Ridges, Margaret Wycherly and Ward Bond.

Based on real events - the life of Alvin York - the most decorated soldier of the First World War.

A signature role for Coop and one of his most famous and most popular movies.

Costing $1.4m Sergeant York was the biggest hit of the year grossing $16.3m at the US box office.

Nominated for 11 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Walter Brennan) and Best Music (Max Steiner), winning 2 - Best Actor (Gary Cooper) and Best Film Editing.

Tagline - Missiles! Jets! Tanks! ...It's still the Guy with Guts and a Gun who Wins the War!

IMDB rating 7.8

Ball of Fire (1941) Belgian poster
Ball of Fire (1941) Belgian poster

Ball of Fire (1941) Directed by Howard Hawks. 111mins.

Gary Cooper - Prof. Bertram Potts
Barbara Stanwyck - Sugarpuss O'Shea

Also starring Oskar Homolka, Henry Travers, Richard Haydn and Dana Andrews.

Classic screwball comedy.

Partly based on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, with 7 eccentric professors representing the dwarfs.

Nominated for 4 Oscars - Best Screenplay, Best Actress (Barbara Stanwyck), Best Music (Alfred Newman) and Best Sound.

IMDB rating 7.8

The Pride of the Yankees (1942)
The Pride of the Yankees (1942)

The Pride of the Yankees (1942) Directed by Sam Wood. 128mins.

Gary Cooper - Lou Gehrig

Also starring Teresa Wright, Babe Ruth, Walter Brennan, Dan Duryea and Elsa Janssen.

Based on real events - the life of baseball legend Lou Gehrig.

Gehrig died a year before the film was released.

Oddly enough Gary Cooper was not a baseball fan, he had never played or even watched a game until he was hired for the film.

The last line of the film "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth" is #38 on the AFI's 100 Greatest Movie Quotes list.

Nominated for 11 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Gary Cooper) and Best Actress (Teresa Wright), winning 1 - Best Film Editing.

Tagline - The Crowd Worshipped Him... One Woman Understood Him!

IMDB rating 7.7

For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) Japanese poster
For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) Japanese poster
For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)
For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)

For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) Directed by Sam Wood. 170mins.

Gary Cooper - Robert Jordan
Ingrid Bergman - MarĂ­a

Also starring Akim Tamiroff, Vladimir Sokoloff, Fortunio Bonanova and Katina Paxinou.

Based on the best-selling novel by Ernest Hemingway, published in 1940.

Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman were Hemingway's choices for the main roles.

Nominated for 9 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor (Gary Cooper), Best Actress (Ingrid Bergman) and Best Supporting Actor (Akim Tamiroff), winning 1 - Best Supporting Actress (Katina Paxinou).

Tagline - From the most thrilling novel of our years !

IMDB rating 7.0

The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944)
The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944)

The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944) Directed by Cecil B. DeMille. 140mins.

Gary Cooper - Dr. Corydon M. Wassell

Also starring Laraine Day, Signe Hasso, Dennis O'Keefe, Carol Thurston and Carl Esmond.

Based on real events - the WWII activities of US Navy doctor Corydon Wassell.

Oscar nomination for Best Special Effects.

Tagline - Drama of Loyalty and Love! The Story the Whole World Has Heard About!

IMDB rating 6.8

Along Came Jones (1945)
Along Came Jones (1945)


Along Came Jones (1945) Directed by Stuart Heisler. 90mins.

Gary Cooper - Melody Jones
Loretta Young - Cherry de Longpre

Also starring William Demarest, Dan Duryea, Frank Sully and Don Costello.

Comedy western.

Tagline - It's the West at it's Best! With rootin' shootin' shootin' Cooper!

IMDB rating 6.4

Saratoga Trunk (1945)
Saratoga Trunk (1945)

Saratoga Trunk (1945) Directed by Sam Wood. 135mins.

Gary Cooper - Clint Maroon
Ingrid Bergman - Clio Dulaine

Also starring Flora Robson, Jerry Austin, John Warburton and Florence Bates.

Romantic drama based on the novel by Edna Ferber, first published in 1940.

Lena Horne was considered for the female lead.

Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress (Flora Robson).

IMDB rating 6.3

Cloak and Dagger (1946) Italian poster
Cloak and Dagger (1946) Italian poster

Cloak and Dagger (1946) Directed by Fritz Lang. 106mins.

Gary Cooper - Prof. Alvah Jesper

Also starring Lili Palmer, Robert Alda, Vladimir Sokoloff, J. Edward Bromberg and Marjorie Hoshelle.

Thriller based on the non fiction book "Cloak and Dagger: The Secret Story of O.S.S." by Alastair MacBain and Corey Ford.

Tagline - The moment he fell in love was his moment of greatest danger!

IMDB rating 6.5

Unconquered (1947)
Unconquered (1947)

Unconquered (1947) Directed by Cecil B. DeMille. 146mins.

Gary Cooper - Capt. Christopher Holden
Paulette Goddard - Abby

Also starring Howard Da Silva, Boris Karloff, Cecil Kellaway, Henry Wilcoxon and Ward Bond.

Based on "Unconquered, a Novel of the Pontiac Conspiracy" by Neil Swanson.

Epic historical adventure set in the American colonies, 1763.

Being British Boris Karloff had tea breaks at 4pm written into his contract, Cooper and Paulette Goddard would join him for tea and biscuits. Goddard had 4pm tea breaks written into her contracts too.

Oscar nomination for Best Special Effects.

Tagline - Crimson-haired slave girl . . . desired by a man of destiny! Together they shared the thrills of the most daring spectacle De Mille ever filmed !

IMDB rating 7.1

Task Force (1949) Italian poster
Task Force (1949) Italian poster


Task Force (1949) Directed by Delmer Daves. 116mins.

Gary Cooper - Jonathan L. Scott

Also starring Jane Wyatt, Wayne Morris, Walter Brennan, Julie London and Jack Holt.

War movie. Filmed in black & white with Technicolor sequences.

Robert Montgomery was considered for the lead role.

IMDB rating 6.3

The Fountainhead (1949) Belgian poster
The Fountainhead (1949) Belgian poster
The Fountainhead (1949)
The Fountainhead (1949)

The Fountainhead (1949) Directed by King Vidor. 114mins.

Gary Cooper - Howard Roark
Patricia Neal - Dominique Francon

Also starring Raymond Massey, Kent Smith, Robert Douglas and Henry Hull.

Drama based on the best-selling novel by Ayn Rand, published in 1943.

Director King Vidor wanted Humphrey Bogart for the lead role but author Ayn Rand insisted on Gary Cooper.

Tagline - No Man Takes What's Mine!

IMDB rating 7.0

Dallas (1950) Italian poster
Dallas (1950) Italian poster


Dallas (1950) Directed by Stuart Heisler. 94mins.

Gary Cooper - Blayde Hollister
Ruth Roman - Tonia Robles

Also starring Steve Cochran, Raymond Massey, Barbara Payton and Leif Erickson.

Western filmed in Technicolor, set in the days following the end of the Civil War in Texas.

Tagline - When all of Texas was a powder keg...they lit the fuse!

IMDB rating 6.0

You're in the Navy Now (1951) Belgian poster
You're in the Navy Now (1951) Belgian poster

You're in the Navy Now (1951) Directed by Henry Hathaway. 93mins

Gary Cooper - Lt. John W. Harkness
Jane Greer - Ellie C. Harkness

Also starring Millard Mitchell, Eddie Albert, John McIntire, Ray Collins, Lee Marvin and Charles Bronson.

Comedy set on a U.S. Warship.

The film was originally titled "U.S.S Teakettle".

Lee Marvin and Charles Bronson's film debut.

WGA Nomination for Best Written American Comedy.

Tagline - Hilarious Comedy About A Snafu Ship !

IMDB rating 6.2

Distant Drums (1951)
Distant Drums (1951)

Distant Drums (1951) Directed by Raoul Walsh. 101mins.

Gary Cooper - Capt. Quincy Wyatt

Also starring Mari Aldon, Richard Webb, Ray Teal, Arthur Hunnicutt and Robert Barrat.

Western set in Florida, 1840.

This film is notable for the first known occurance of "The Wilhelm Scream", the sound of a man screaming which has been used in hundreds of films including the Star Wars saga, The Lord of the Rings and Indiana Jones series. A distinctive scream which is easily recognised.

In Distant Drums the scream comes from a man who is bitten by an alligator and dragged underwater.

IMDB rating 6.4

High Noon (1952) Belgian poster
High Noon (1952) Belgian poster
High Noon (1952)
High Noon (1952)

High Noon (1952) Directed by Fred Zinnemann. 85mins.

Gary Cooper - Marshal Will Kane
Grace Kelly - Amy Fowler Kane

Also starring Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges, Katy Jurado, Otto Kruger, Harry Morgan and Lon Chaney Jr.

One of the highest rated westerns ever made and an iconic role for Gary Cooper.

The film tells it's story in real time.

High Noon cost $750,000 and went on to gross $8m in the U.S.

John Wayne hated High Noon, saying it was 'Un-American'.

Ranked #27 on the AFI's 100 Greatest American Films list (2007).

And #2 on the AFI's 10 Greatest Westerns list (The Searchers is no.1)

Nominated for 7 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay, winning 4 - Best Actor (Gary Cooper), Best Music (Dimitri Tiomkin), Best Song and Best Film Editing.

WGA Award winner for Best Written American Drama.

Selected for Preservation by the National Film Registry 1989.

Tagline - The story of a man who was too proud to run.

IMDB rating 8.2

Springfield Rifle (1952)
Springfield Rifle (1952)


Springfield Rifle (1952) Directed by Andre de Toth. 93mins.

Gary Cooper - Maj. Alex Kearney

Also starring Phyllis Thaxter, David Brian, Paul Kelly, Philip Carey and Lon Chaney Jr.

Western set during the Civil War.

Tagline - The Gun That Made One Man The Equal Of Five!

IMDB rating 6.4

Garden of Evil (1954)
Garden of Evil (1954)
Garden of Evil (1954) Spanish poster
Garden of Evil (1954) Spanish poster

Garden of Evil (1954) Directed by Henry Hathaway. 100mins.

Gary Cooper - Hooker
Susan Hayward - Leah Fuller
Richard Widmark - Fiske

Also starring Hugh Marlowe, Cameron Mitchell and Rita Moreno.

Cinemascope western set in Mexico, 1850.

Originally titled 'Volcano'.

Music by the great Bernard Herrman, his only western score.

Tagline - Takes you beyond the land of the Black Sand!

IMDB rating 6.7

Vera Cruz (1954) Belgian poster
Vera Cruz (1954) Belgian poster

Vera Cruz (1954) Directed by Robert Aldrich. 94mins.

Gary Cooper - Benjamin Trane
Burt Lancaster - Joe Erin

Also starring Denise Darcel, Cesar Romero, Sara Montiel, George Macready, Henry Brandon, Ernest Borgnine and Charles Bronson.

Classic big budget western.

One of the biggest hits of 1954.

Costing $3m the film grossed about $11m.

Thought to be a big influence on the spaghetti westerns of the 1960s.

Tagline - The Giants Battle In The Biggest Spectacle Of Them All!

IMDB rating 7.1

The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955)
The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955)

The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955) Directed by Otto Preminger. 100mins.

Gary Cooper - Col. Billy Mitchell

Also starring Charles Bickford, Ralph Bellamy, Rod Steiger, Elizabeth Montgomery, Jack Lord, Peter Graves and Darren McGavin.

Based on real events.

The family of the real Billy Mitchell thought the laconic Cooper was miscast, the real Billy Mitchell was shorter and had a violent temper, they thought James Cagney would have been the perfect choice.

Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay.

Tagline - He defied the army and navy . . . and they gave him a Court Martial!

IMDB rating 6.9

Friendly Persuasion (1956)
Friendly Persuasion (1956)

Friendly Persuasion (1956) Directed by William Wyler. 137mins.

Gary Cooper - Jess Birdwell
Dorothy McGuire - Eliza Birdwell
Anthony Perkins - Josh Birdwell

Also starring Marjorie Main, Richard Eyer and Robert Middleton.

Based on the novel by Jessamyn West, published in 1945.

Katharine Hepburn turned down the role of Eliza.

Nominated for 6 Oscars - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Anthony Perkins), Best Song and Best Sound.

DGA nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

Tagline - Anthony Perkins, the most exciting screen discovery since James Dean!

IMDB rating 7.4

Love in the Afternoon (1957) Belgian poster
Love in the Afternoon (1957) Belgian poster

Love in the Afternoon (1957) Directed by Billy Wilder. 130mins.

Gary Cooper - Frank Flannagan
Audrey Hepburn - Ariane Chavasse
Maurice Chevalier - Claude Chavasse

Also starring John McGiver, Van Doude and Lise Bourdin.

Romantic comedy.

Cary Grant was considered for the lead role.

WGA Award winner for Best Written American Comedy

Tagline - Love is a game any number can play... especially in the afternoon.

IMDB rating 7.3

Man of the West (1958)
Man of the West (1958)

Man of the West (1958) Directed by Anthony Mann. 100mins.

Gary Cooper - Link Jones

Also starring Julie London, Lee J. Cobb, Arthur O'Connell, Jack Lord and John Dehner.

Western classic based on the novel 'The Border Jumpers' by Will C. Brown.

Stewart Granger was considered for the lead role.

Tagline - Gary Cooper as the Man of the West in the role that fits him like a gun fits a holster!

IMDB rating 7.3

The Hanging Tree (1959)
The Hanging Tree (1959)

The Hanging Tree (1959) Directed by Delmer Daves. 107mins.

Gary Cooper - Dr. Joseph Frail
Maria Schell - Elizabeth Mahler
Karl Malden - Frenchy Plante

Also starring George C. Scott, Karl Swenson, Virginia Gregg and Ben Piazza.

Western based on the novel of the same name by Dorothy M. Johnson, published in 1957.

George C. Scott's film debut.

Oscar nomination for Best Song.

Tagline - From The Prize Novel. A Picture Of Thundering Power!

IMDB rating 7.2

They Came to Cordura (1959) Belgian poster
They Came to Cordura (1959) Belgian poster

They Came to Cordura (1959) Directed by Robert Rossen. 123mins.

Gary Cooper - Major Thomas Thorn
Rita Hayworth - Adelaide Geary

Also starring Van Heflin, Tab Hunter, Richard Conte and Michael Callan.

Western set in Mexico, 1916.

Based on the novel by Glendon Swarthout, published in 1958.

Tagline - Slashing story of a desert warrior who fought his way from hell to glory!

IMDB rating 6.4

The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)
The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)

The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959) Directed by Michael Anderson. 105mins.

Gary Cooper - Gideon Patch
Charlton Heston - John Sands

Also starring Michael Redgrave, Emlyn Williams, Cecil Parker, Virginia McKenna, Alexander Knox and Richard Harris.

Based on the novel by Hammond Innes, published in 1956.

As a young man Charlton Heston idolised Cooper and had no problem letting him take the lead role, he was impressed that inspite of his age and declining health he was able to do some of the underwater stunts himself.

Alfred Hitchcock and screenwriter Ernest Lehman considered adapting the novel but changed their minds and worked on North By Northwest instead.

Tagline - From the great suspense best seller about the ghost ship Mary Deare!

IMDB rating 6.6

The Naked Edge (1961) Spanish poster
The Naked Edge (1961) Spanish poster

The Naked Edge (1961) Directed by Michael Anderson. 97mins.

Gary Cooper - George Radcliffe
Deborah Kerr - Martha Radcliffe

Also starring Eric Portman, Diane Cilento, Hermione Gingold and Peter Cushing.

Gary Cooper's last film.

Thriller based on the novel "First Train to Babylon" by Max Ehrlich.

Filmed in England.

Tagline - Only the man who wrote Psycho could jolt you like this!

IMDB rating 6.5

The Legion of the Condemned (1928)
The Legion of the Condemned (1928)

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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for this.


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UnnamedHarald 3 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Now, this is one more reason these hubs are so great... Gary Cooper is a favorite of mine, but I had no idea there were so many of his films that I hadn't seen. Even the worst movie with Coop in it is worth watching, IMHO. So now I have some more to look out for!


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Mhatter99, David, thanks for commenting on my Gary Cooper hub, very much appreciated.

Coop appeared in so many films it was difficult choosing which films to include, I finally narrowed it down to 40.

I'm thinking of a two-part hub for John Wayne.

Thanks for posting.


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Geekdom 3 years ago

As always, love these glimpses at past stars movie histories.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks Geekdom, appreciate the comment. I'm watching one of Coop's films now, Garden of Evil.


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Cogerson 3 years ago from Virginia

I just checked out my Gary Cooper hub(sorry I am mentioning my hub on your hub) which I wrote 19 months ago. At the time you said you have seen 16 of his movies while I was at 4. Seems I have tried to watch more Cooper movies since then....very curious what my total will be when I get to the end of your hub. My extremely random thoughts while reading your hub.

(1) A Farewell To Arms was not one I liked although of the many Hemingway movies this is one of the better ones (2) Beau Geste is still one I want to see (3) I liked the Westerner ....especially Walter Brennan's Judge (4) Meet John Doe is the first Cooper movie I watched....hey where is Wings?....that is a Cooper movie I have seen. (5) I was not impressed with Sergeant York but it was a huge hit....actually on my Top 100 movie hub(there I go again ....self promoting)...Sergeant York just got bumped out of the 100th spot the other day....but 101st is pretty good. (6) Ball of Fire is a pretty good comedy....I liked the Seven Professor Dwarfs (7) The Fountainhead is one I watched recently....pretty cool to see Cooper and O'Neal in love on the screen as well as off the screen (8) Vera Cruz is on my list of movies to watch (9) Friendly Persuassion was pretty entertaining...with the exception of Anthony Perkins....just could not buy his role (10) Cooper was way to old for Audrey Hepburn in Love in the Afternoon.....he seemed more like her grandfather than her lover. So my tally count is up to 11 now....so the first 44 years of my life...4 Cooper movies....and 7 more in the last 19 months....I am catching up to you.

Lots of great trivia and posters in this hub....a fun hub to read and look at his posters....you have some big milestones coming.....300 hubs and almost 100 movie poster hubs....voted up and interesting.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Whoa thanks for the detailed analysis Bruce, always appreciated amigo.

Gary Cooper only had a small role in Wings, I narrowed it down to Coop's starring roles beginning with the Virginian (1929). I watched Lives of a Bengal Lancer earlier this afternoon, an enjoyable film similar to Gunga Din. Watching Garden of Evil now, looks great in widescreen and stereo sound too!

I will recommend Vera Cruz, you can see where Sergio Leone and others got their inspiration for the countless Italian westerns of the 60's and early 70's. The Magnificent Seven must have been a major influence too.

Yep two milestones coming up 100 poster hubs and 300 hubs, not bad for 2 years on HP. One thing I've found out, writing about movies will never make me rich, but it's what I know about. Cooking and gardening I leave to others.


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iguidenetwork 3 years ago from Austin, TX

Had an immense delight looking at those wonderful posters made here in and in other countries. Thanks for sharing.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks iguidenetwork, appreciate the comment. Glad you liked the posters, there are more on the way.

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