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The Virginian (1929)




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Gary Cooper, as a lanky Wyoming ranch and foreman, places his gun on a poker table after being insulted by one of the gamblers and intones, "If you want to call me that . . . smile." That much quoted line's origin is in this early sound version of the Owen Wister novel, The Virginian, directed by Victor Fleming. When the Virginian meets his old friend Steve (Richard Arlen), he gives him a job on his crew at the Box H Ranch near Medicine Bow, Wyoming. Newly arrived in town is the new schoolmarm, Molly Wood (Mary Brian), and both men take notice. Afterwards, in a saloon, The Virginian encounters the evil Trampas (Walter Huston), and the two get into an argument over a dancer. The Virginian calls Trampas' bluff but, although Trampas backs down, he seethes inside. Afterwards, following a christening party, The Virginian walks Molly back home, and a friendship grows between the two that burgeons into love. But when Steve joins up with Trampas and his gang of rustlers and is captured by a posse, The Virginian is forced to supervise Steve's lynching. After that, Molly spurns The Virginian. However, when The Virginian is wounded, Molly forgets all that, and nurses him back to health. They decide to finally marry, but Trampas interferes with their plans --Trampas wants The Virginian to leave town, and he is out gunning for him.


Gary Cooper
as The Virginian
Mary Brian
as Molly Stark Wood
Helen Ware
as `Ma' Taylor
Chester Conklin
as Uncle Hughey
Eugene Pallette
as `Honey' Wiggin
Victor Potel
as Nebraskey
E.H. Calvert
as Judge Henry
Tex Young
as Shorty
George Chandler
as Ranch Hand
Willie Fung
as Hong the Cook
George Morrell
as Rev. Dr. McBride
Ethan Laidlaw
as Posse Man
Ed Brady
as Greasy
Bob Kortman
as Henchman
Fred Burns
as Ranch Hand
Ernie S. Adams
as Saloon Singer
Nena Quartaro
as Girl in Bar
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Critic Reviews for The Virginian

All Critics (5)

Arguably the best of many screen versions, Fleming's 1929 film was instrumental in shaping Gary Cooper's screen image and in maintaining the Western mythology, specifically the contrast between East and West culture.

December 30, 2008 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

A landmark film, that helped define the Western hero as the mythical chivalrous man.

May 19, 2008 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Gritty early talkie western with two strong central performances.

January 29, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

The Virginian (1929) is a classic western - a film adaptation of Owen Wister's 1902 western play and original novel.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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