The Westerner (1940) - Rotten Tomatoes

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.

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Gary Cooper
as Cole Hardin
Walter Brennan
as Judge Roy Bean
Doris Davenport
as Jane-Ellen Mathews
Fred Stone
as Caliphet Mathews
Paul Hurst
as Chickenfoot
Chill Wills
as Southeast
Lillian Bond
as Lillie Langtry
Charles Halton
as Mort Borrow
Forrest Tucker
as Wade Harper
Tom Tyler
as King Evans
Lupita Tovar
as Teresita
Julian Rivero
as Juan Gomez
Lilian Bond
as Lily Langtry
Dana Andrews
as Bart Cobble
Roger Gray
as Eph Stringer
Trevor Bardette
as Shad Wilkins
Blackjack Ward
as Buck Harrigan
James Corey
as Lee Webb
Buck Moulton
as Charles Evans
Danny Borzage
as Joe Yates
Ted Wells
as Joe Lawrence
Philip Connor
as John Yancy
Jim Corey
as Lee Webb
C.E. Anderson
as Hezekiah Willever
Art Mix
as Seth Tucker
William Gillis
as Leon Beauregard
Buck Connor
as Abraham Wilson
Dan Borzage
as Joe Yates
Aleth Hanson
as Walt McGary
Connie Leon
as Langtry's Maid
Charles Coleman
as Langtry's Manager
Lew Kelly
as Ticket Man
Heinie Conklin
as Man at Window
Corbet Morris
as Orchestra Leader
Phil Tead
as Prisoner
Henry Roquemore
as Stage Manager
Bill Bauman
as Man Getting Haircut
Hank Bell
as Deputy
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Critic Reviews for The Westerner

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Toland's landscapes are superb.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Bean is too amusingly crafty to remain an easily reformed villain, and Harden is too upright to resort to underhanded revenge tactics; a dramatic face-off is unavoidable.

January 2, 2022 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

The argument itself is not very different from other horsemen like that, but the characterization is superb. [Full review in Spanish]

September 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Gary Cooper gives a commanding performance in William Wyler's popular 1940 Western, which features Walter Brennan in an Oscar-winning turn

May 11, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

An offbeat melodramatic Western with added comedy that makes the villain a more arresting subject than the hero.

July 27, 2008 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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

Super Reviewer

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