Directed by William Wyler • 1940 • United States
Starring Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Doris Davenport
The stunning cinematography of Gregg Toland and memorable performances from Gary Cooper and Walter Brennan make William Wyler’s comic western a unique delight. Cooper plays the tight-lipped drifter who runs afoul of Brennan’s self-appointed hanging judge Roy Bean—and will have to think fast in order to outwit the trigger-fingered vigilantes out to get him. Brennan won his third Oscar for his shrewd turn as the lovably villainous Bean—one of the veteran scene-stealer’s finest and most colorful characterizations.