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Scary--absolutely! Those old hand-tinted photos, too, make the stars look a little ... well, embalmed. *lol*

 

This vintage tinted postcard of Coop and Anna Sten is less frightening than most, but maybe that's because Coop is so nice to look at any way you slice it.

 

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I enjoyed the recent promo of Gary Cooper with his daughter Maria (most likely named after the character in "For Whom the Bell Tolls") narrating.

To me, she sounded a lot like Maria Riva who narrated during a bio of her mother Marlene Dietrich, shown on TCM.

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Mongo, I was wondering who her voice sounded like - and I came up with Ann Blythe from the promo that she did for Joan Crawford. It's been a while since I've seen the biography of Marlene Dietrich, so I'll have to dig it up.

 

And - according to the Gary Cooper website -- you're right about Maria being named for Ingrid Bergman's character in "For Whom the Bell Tolls".

 

Julie

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I have to scratch my head over this - since the book wasn't published until 1940, and the movie not made until 1942 or 43 -- and Maria Cooper was born in 1937. I guess Coop and Hemingway were friends while Hemingway was writing it? Just one of those questions that make me stay up nights sometimes. (LOL)

 

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Hey---has anyone here seen YOU'RE IN THE NAVY NOW? I saw this dvd at Tower Records last night and I hesitated to buy it because I already had a full basket of stuff and I wasn't sure about the quality. It's directed by Henry Hathaway, so it can't be bad, and of course it has Gary but I've never even heard of it before.

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I purchased it on DVD and have it in my 'to be watched' pile. But that's all I can tell you at this point.

 

The DVD wasn't expensive...and as you know, I'm a completionist - I'll eventually get and watch all of his films - good, bad or whatever. So I own it. Just haven't gotten to it yet.

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Oh yeah...I'll let you know.

 

You know, it might really be helpful at some point for all of us in this thread to actually post all the Gary Cooper movies we've seen and possibily some mini-ratings or something. It might really spur some discussion...and some good recommendations.

 

I mean, it sounds like we've all seen the "Gary Cooper Essentials" (Sergeant York, High Noon, Pride of the Yankees, Mr. Deeds Goes To Town, Ball of Fire, Meet John Doe, The Westerner), so to speak....but I'd be curious as to total coverage of his films...and people's evaluations of the lesser known ones.

 

Look - it was almost by accident that we got into that discussion of "Peter Ibbetson". I'd seen it, but since it's not as well know, I wasn't sure if other folks had seen it or not.

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Great idea! I'll bite. Here is the list of his movies I've seen (I will put my "ratings" in later). I'll wager I've seen fewer than most of his fans.

 

(I've edited this to include my "ratings", Four *'s being the best. Those not in bold are films I saw too long ago to remember enough about them.)

 

Wings (1927)(only in part)

The Virginian (1929)

Morocco (1930)****

Fighting Caravans (1931)

A Farewell to Arms (1932)**

Design for Living (1933)**

The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935)

The Wedding Night (1935)**

Peter Ibbetson **(1935)

Desire (1936)****

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

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

The Plainsman (1936)**

Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)**

The Adventures of Marco Polo (1938)

The Cowboy and the Lady (1938)****

Beau Geste (1939)****

The Real Glory (1939)****

The Westerner (1940)***

North West Mounted Police (1940)***

Meet John Doe (1941)***

Sergeant York (1941)**

Ball of Fire (1941)**

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

For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)***

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

Casanova Brown (1944)

Along Came Jones (1945)**

Saratoga Trunk (1945)***

Cloak and Dagger (1946)

Unconquered (1947)****

Good Sam (1948)

The Fountainhead (1949)***

Task Force (1949)

Bright Leaf (1950)

Dallas (1950)

High Noon (1952)****

Springfield Rifle (1952)

Return to Paradise (1953)*

Garden of Evil (1954)****

Vera Cruz (1954)****

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

Friendly Persuasion (1956)****

Love in the Afternoon (1957)****

Man of the West (1958)****

They Came to Codura (1959)***

The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)**

The Naked Edge (1961)*

 

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The biggest thing this may do is just show how old we are. There are several early films I haven't seen and except for "Wings" have not seen any of his silent films.

 

In addition to MissG's list (ony a few I haven't seen)

 

Devil and The Deep - 1932

If I Had A million - 1933

Alice In Wonderland - 1933

Souls At Sea - 1937

Distant Drums - 1951

It's A Big Country - 1951

The Hanging Tree - 1959

 

And that's what I can think of at the moment. I'll update later if needed.

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I'll participate, but I'm afraid I may gush a bit. . ;).

 

I did discover on the Gary Cooper website last night, that there's a couple of box sets of DVDs - one that includes Peter Ibbetson. I am not a DVD buyer, normally, but this one I may have to get, since it's not easy to catch on cable.

 

Personally, I would love to see The Virginian -- the book is a classic, and I read it on a recommendation of a friend.

 

Julie

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Gushing is good. Nothing wrong with gushing. :) Especially in this thread.

 

Anyway, surprised to see lists already! Very cool! I'll post mine tonight or tomorrow, but it's not nearly as long as yours, Miss G! I think mind is only about 25 films or so.

 

Still, this'll be good, because already I see some potential for questions on my part!

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Okay...here is my list:

 

The Eagle (1925 - uncredited extra)

It (1927)

Wings (1927)

Morocco (1930)

A Farewell to Arms (1932)

Design for Living (1933)

Peter Ibbetson (1935)

The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935)

The Wedding Night (1935)

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

The Adventures of Marco Polo (1938)

The Cowboy and the Lady (1938)

The Real Glory (1939)

The Westerner (1940)

Meet John Doe (1941)

Sergeant York (1941)

Ball of Fire (1941)

The Pride of the Yankees (1942)

For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)

Saratoga Trunk (1945)

The Fountainhead (1949)

Bright Leaf (1950)

High Noon (1952)

Vera Cruz (1954)

The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955)

Friendly Persuasion (1956)

Love in the Afternoon (1957)

They Came to Cordura (1959)

 

Nothing that everyone hasn't seen. I have about 12 other Gary Cooper films in my possession, however, and there are a few others that I don't have which are coming on TCM this month. So hopefully I'll have alot more to report by January! :)

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