The Virginian

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The Virginian is a 1929 American Pre-Code Western film directed by Victor Fleming and starring Gary Cooper, Walter Huston, and Richard Arlen. The film was based on the 1902 novel The Virginian by Owen Wister and adapted from the popular 1904 theatrical... read more

The Virginian is a 1929 American Pre-Code Western film directed by Victor Fleming and starring Gary Cooper, Walter Huston, and Richard Arlen. The film was based on the 1902 novel The Virginian by Owen Wister and adapted from the popular 1904 theatrical play Wister had collaborated on with playwright Kirke La Shelle. The Virginian is about a good-natured cowboy who romances the new schoolmarm and has a crisis of conscience when he learns his best friend is involved in cattle rustling. The film is well known for Cooper's line, "If you wanna call me that—smile", in response to a cuss by the antagonist.

Original Release

11/09/1929

US Release

11/09/1929

Cast

Gary Cooper The Virginian
Walter Huston Trampas
Richard Arlen Steve / Steven 'Steve'
Mary Brian Molly Stark Wood
Helen Ware Mrs. Taylor / Mrs. 'Ma' Taylor
Chester Conklin Uncle Hughey / Uncle 'Pa' Hughey
Eugene Pallette 'Honey' Wiggin
Victor Potel Nebrasky
E.H. Calvert Judge Henry
Nina Quartero Girl in Bar
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Victor Fleming

Writers

Owen Wister, Kirk La Shelle, Howard Estabrook, Grover Jones, Keene Thompson, Edward E. Paramore Jr., Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Cast

Gary Cooper The Virginian
Walter Huston Trampas
Richard Arlen Steve / Steven 'Steve'
Mary Brian Molly Stark Wood
Helen Ware Mrs. Taylor / Mrs. 'Ma' Taylor
Chester Conklin Uncle Hughey / Uncle 'Pa' Hughey
Eugene Pallette 'Honey' Wiggin
Victor Potel Nebrasky
E.H. Calvert Judge Henry
Nina Quartero Girl in Bar
Randolph Scott Rider
Jack Pennick Slim
Ernie Adams Saloon Singer / Henchman
Sherwood Bailey Little Boy
Earl Gordon Bostwick Minor Role
Barbara Boudwin Student
Ed Brady Greasy
Fred Burns Fred
Billy Butts Little Boy
George Chandler Bug Ears

Producers

Editors

William Shea

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