The Virginian (1929) starring Gary Cooper

Interesting to watch this scene from the 1929 film adaptation of Owen Wister’s novel.  Gary Cooper plays the Virginian and Walter Huston plays Trampas in a manner more in keeping with Wister’s original vision. 

Unfortunately in this scene Huston comes across as a pantomime villain – lacking depth with his swaggering delivery.  A legacy from the silent era when body movement was over emphasized to convey emotion.  By contrast Gary Cooper manages to convey emotion with less effort.  A skill in itself and more in synch with the new era of sound.

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2 thoughts on “The Virginian (1929) starring Gary Cooper”

  1. Thanks Paul
    I must buy this film.
    Gary Coopers performance on this clip reminded me of Montgomory Cliff in Red River-
    Michael

  2. I also think Henry Fonda would have been perfect casting Michael. Cooper and Fonda had a certain integrity and style to their acting that suited the role of the Virginian. The ability to be tough yet compassionate.

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