Welcome to the Gary Cooper Scrapbook. Here you will find pictures, articles, movie ads, and other ephemera about one of the most talented, respected, and well loved actors of Hollywood's Golden Era.“The world of today is a far cry from the world in which Gary Cooper lived until his untimely death in 1961. The distinction between “celebrity” and “star” was also quite different. But neither of those words was in the foreground of my father’s image of himself. He always felt he was your average “Joe American.” In his film roles, he tried to portray the best an American man could be…He taught me a little Western expression when I was very young. “There ain’t never a horse that couldn’t be rode, there ain’t never a rider that couldn’t be throwed.” In some way, that informed his own way of moving through what was truly an extraordinary life.” – Daughter, Maria Cooper Janis, 2011
Good news! The Warner Archives program has just added six of Gary’s films to the site and you can buy them individually (for $20 each) or as a set (for $60). They include Saratoga Trunk, Bright Leaf, Task Force, One Sunday Afternoon,Today We Live, and Operator 13. The link for the set isn’t working so you’ll either have to order by phone or just keep checking until the link is fixed. I believe that only leaves his silent Lilac Time with Colleen Moore and one of his last films (and one of my faves) The Hanging Tree to be released from WB if I’m not mistaken. I have heard that Lilac Time was restored years ago but The Hanging Tree still needs some work.
For those of you not familiar with this program these films are made on demand. So when you order one it is burned onto a dvd-r and shipped to you. These are not commercially pressed dvd’s but they are manufactured at a higher quality that what you and I can burn at home. Also at this point they are only shipping in the U.S. as they are still trying to work out international shipping options. However, they have also been selling some of the titles at other outlets like Amazon, TCM's store, and Movies Unlimited and they do offer international shipping. Hopefully these will make it in that bunch so the international folks can get them too.
Last Edit: Jul 28, 2009 11:23:26 GMT -6 by Coopsgirl
Post by bellapisces on Jun 4, 2009 14:04:26 GMT -6
Ooh, yay! I've been wanting "One Sunday Afternoon" since seeing it for the first time last month on TCM. (They aired it on Gary Cooper's birthday.) I think it has the most satisfying ending. Thanks for letting us know.
Do you recommend any of the others that are being released?
I think there will still be one more title besides Lilac Time and the Hanging Tree. The original source stated that Blowing Wild would be included with Bright Leaf, Task Force and Saratoga Trunk. So three movies yet for WB in Lilac Time, The Hanging Tree and Blowing Wild.
Luckily an acceptable copy of The Hanging Tree is out in PAL format. This along with the video tape were both open matte presentations. Nothing has been cut out to put it in full screen from Wide screen. Actually more of the screen on top and bottom is present. If they ever release it in wide screen they will have to cut the top off and the bottom. It's like the camera guy has a camera that films more than what he needs but he is looking through the camera with a wide screen filter. In such case it is not uncommon to see things on the top and bottom that were never meant to be seen like microphones. I don't know if anything like that is present on the copies of the Hanging Tree that we have.
Last Edit: Jun 5, 2009 17:32:05 GMT -6 by coopfan67
I don't know how I forgot about Blowing Wild!! I would have preferred they include that instead of Today We Live. Gary is fine in that one but the others leave a lot to be desired and there are long stretches where his character isn't even in it. They could have gotten a lesser star I think instead of wasting Gary in this one.
Other than that, I would recommend that people buy the whole set b/c it's a better deal. Individually they'd be $20 but if you buy the set they're $10.
I hope they will add this to Amazon and also to TCM's shop on their site for the international customers. Y'all will have to keep checking both of those sites because they usually show up there a few weeks after their initial release from WB.
I got my 6 dvd set on order on June 4th. Can you believe that I took a couple of days off the internet and that is when they announced this set. I am very happy that One Sunday Afternoon and Operator 13 are included. I don't know if these movies would have ever made out in any regular box set. They do have very short previews out for most of them on the WB site. Operator 13 looks fine for picture but the sound doesn't seem all that great. Anyway it will be better than anything we have or what tcm shows in August. It is more than likely the exact print that TCM will be showing. Only I would rather own the print before it is filtered by the cable company.
I do have a very serious problem with TCM now. The last two movies I tried to get better records on with my new dvd recorder have had the emergency broadcasting signal interupt the movie for 10 seconds. Does that ever happen to anyone else on tcm or is it just my crappy cable company?
You should get your dvd's before I get mine since you live closer and ordered it sooner than I did. I am looking forward to any quick segment quality control viewing comments you will have on them. Especially Operator 13 and One Sunday Afternoon.
Belows what I got on it as I sent them an email at the six day point as the waiting was killing me:
Thank you for your interest in Warner Bros. Your order was shipped on 06/10/09 and is scheduled for delivery on 06/12/09. Please do not hesitate to contact us again if you have any questions or concerns.
I hope this post over at HTF is just by some overly picky person:
"I just received the Gary Cooper Warner Archive "box set." No problems with the discs themselves, but I was rather disappointed with their content; the picture quality of every single film was soft and muddy; the sound quality hard to hear. None of them have been restored or are from new transfers. They all look rather mediocre. It's a far, far cry from the kind of crystal clear clarity seen in Warner's general commercial releases. If people order these, they definitely need to lower their expectations for the kind of quality they'll get; otherwise, they'll be severely disappointed.
I bought the set simply to see the films; 5 of them I've never seen before. Most likely, after watching them, I'll sell off the discs. The picture and sound quality make me want to get rid of them as soon as I can.
In 2007, Warners released "The John Wayne Film Collection," containing 6 titles, Allegheny Uprising, Tycoon, etc. All were mediocre films but beautifully restored. The films in the Warner Archive Gary Cooper "box set" are a cut above them, yet they all look terrible. It's interesting how in 2 years the market could bear a Wayne box set with 6 mediocre films, but now, it can't handle a new Cooper one, with films comparable or much better in quality to the Wayne ones. Both stars are well known. Times have really changed."
Apparently this person is trying to watch the movies in 1920 x 1080 resolution on only a 24 inch screen. I would think only Blu-rays would look alright in that high of a resolution on such a small screen. This is why I went with a 720p instead of 1080 screen. I don't think any old movies look very good at 1080 resolution unless they were on Blu-ray like casablanca. I think the movies should look just fine on our panasonic 720p 50 inch screens.
Some of the people there do seem to be overly picky and also Warner never claimed that anything released through the archives were going to be from restored prints. They are from the best masters they have that can readily be transferred to dvd. They should look better than what we see on tv b/c they won't have gone through compression through cable and what not but they may not be as pristine as a restored release unless they already were in very good shape.
My TV is 1080 and most of the old movies I have look fine to excellent on my blu ray player and for the ones that look a little grainy, I watch them on my standard player.
I ordered mine the day they were released so maybe they'll get here tomorrow or Saturday since that person already got theirs.
Actually my TV is the same model as yours but is 42 inches and 720p. I have heard that 1080p can make older stuff look more grainy. Most old movies including Sergeant York look great on my TV. 1080p on a 24 inch screen is overkill and you can probably see every single blemish in an older print. Even the one admin there stated that the one none Gary Cooper movie looked great on his large home projection screen. All that person stated was it was full of ghosting and stuff that I am sure we will never see on our larger TVs. He must have a monitor that if the print isn't flawless it looks just aweful. I'm glad my TV is not like that.
Last Edit: Jun 11, 2009 22:08:47 GMT -6 by coopfan67
I got the movies today and I was very impressed with the packaging and look of the dvds. A lot of people complain b/c they are dvd-r's but they are higher quality that what we can burn at home and honestly, I'm just happy to have the films.
Two of the oldest ones, Today We Live and Operator 13, did look grainy and you can see every little scratch and imperfection on the blu ray player but on my standard player they look great. The other films all looked good on my blu ray player though.
VintageHome: Folks, hope you have a good weekend. It's a holiday weekend for me! Found one of my birds, a Great Tit sitting on my armchair today , the balcony door was open, looking at me as if to say: Feed Me! They know I do but apparently it wasn't enough. :
May 16, 2013 7:43:42 GMT -6
VintageHome: I think pompomfd1 "Make me a Star" is not listed in the 1930s movies section because Gary was just being himself and it wasn't really a movie he starred in (it's listed as "Self" in IMDB)
May 15, 2013 2:26:57 GMT -6
pomponfd1: Hello Coopsgirl.[br]I think there is not post "make me a star - 1932" in movies still 1930?
May 14, 2013 6:47:11 GMT -6
cori: There is no place for: “it came about casually”,[br]There is only place for states of consciousness which make us so sensitive as a highly sensitive star-tracker...[br]- MICHEL BOUJUT - I agree...
May 13, 2013 15:02:47 GMT -6
VintageHome: Well, we all have our hobbies, cori Some people collect shoes, others collect memorabilia. Some people believe in the paranormal, others refuse to talk about it..Think we'll make it to Alpha Centauri any time soon?
May 13, 2013 11:26:48 GMT -6
cori: Often, my friends say to me that "me and Gary Cooper", this veneration is not normal! I answer them: it's worse! It's paranormal! Strange but real...
May 13, 2013 9:03:03 GMT -6
VintageHome: Energy never dies so I'm certain Gary keeps on ticking in one way or another. Saw two very interesting documentaries the other day, on how people perceive certain things, how time travel works, worm holes and parallel universes. Fascinating!
May 13, 2013 6:32:22 GMT -6
Coopsgirl: Children of Divorce is not lost. There is a restored copy in the Library of Congress (U.S.). It has never been released on home video though or shown on TV so there are no available copies-yet.
May 12, 2013 14:59:07 GMT -6
pomponfd1: Children Of Divorce : this film is lost i think
May 12, 2013 11:55:48 GMT -6
regenerate31965: HAPPY BIRTHDAY,"MR. COOPER"!...WE ARE REGENERATED! WE ARE IMMORTALS! WE ARE ONE OF "THE GODS' OWN"...WE ARE GODS! WE WILL NEVER DIE...BECAUSE WE IMMORTAL...REGENERATED,ALL OVER AGAIN! SO BE IT!...DAUGHTER...AND SON OF "RAM"!
May 11, 2013 17:59:20 GMT -6
westerngirl: Here is the movie on youtube (Ten North Frederick) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_VfYgRSPlA&list=PL090E7CDBAAB21CAE
May 10, 2013 0:49:12 GMT -6
howardroarksheffield: Oh, MaxiCooper01....these are the best websites I know of where you can get Ten North Frederick http://www.ioffer.com/i/ten-north-frederick-rare-dvd-movie-1958-gary-cooper-142194065 http://www.armandmovies.com/cart/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=7
May 8, 2013 15:15:57 GMT -6
howardroarksheffield: Hay, has anyone ever seen Children Of Divorce? I spoke to a rare movies collector and even he hasn't been able to get hold of it. Which is a pain because it looks great.
May 8, 2013 15:11:44 GMT -6
cori: Valentine, I don't know exactly, but when he came in France with his family it was often in May, and in Grasse (city in the south) during May there's a annual show of roses. It's possible they visited it (and in May, it was the birthday of Rocky too)
May 8, 2013 9:30:46 GMT -6
valentine: Why these roses, where they his favorite flower. The bouquet is gorgeous!
May 7, 2013 17:42:01 GMT -6
Coopsgirl: I recorded my copy of Ten North Frederick off TV and there are probably copies like that floating around out there. I'm bummed too that TCM is not showing any of his films today. They been giving him short shrift the past couple of years.
May 7, 2013 17:27:14 GMT -6
maxiecooper01: I'm so surprised that TCM is not showing any Coop movies on his Birthday. Also Please let me know if or where I can purchase Ten North Frederick in widescreen. I just read it was available some time ago. I only watched it on Youtube, how sad. LO
May 7, 2013 8:59:39 GMT -6