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
This film costarred Barbara Stanwyck, Walter Brennan, Edward Arnold, and James Gleason. This was Gary's first film released in 1941, the biggest year of his career. In March of '41 he was on the cover of Time Magazine with an article inside about the film. Many in the movie world speculated he would get an Oscar nomination for this one. Instead he got the nod and the win for his second release of the year, Sergeant York.
This film is in the public domain and available in many different dvd versions. However the best print is the one shown on TCM.
Last Edit: Oct 4, 2009 11:22:27 GMT -6 by Coopsgirl
Post by maggiejones on Oct 4, 2009 17:46:13 GMT -6
Another lovely picture. Barbara looks different in some of the still photograph's, very fresh faced and a lot younger. I enjoy watching her in these early films but not so much when she had matured and in her later films.
Post by bellapisces on Nov 18, 2009 3:47:09 GMT -6
TCM aired it yesterday. I still find the final scene so... poignant. When "John Doe" is talking to Norton and his cronies, and you can see the tears in his eyes. That's some of Gary Cooper's best acting.
This along with High Noon and Pride of the Yankees, is my fave of his films and one of my fave films overall. I watched it yesterday too and that last part always gets me. Especially when Babs says 'please God, help me' as she's hanging onto him. It seems so genuine b/c she was such a great actress and it just puts a lump in my throat. He's trying not to even look at her b/c he knows it will lessen his resolve.
I wish this one had come out a different year b/c I know he could have won an Oscar for it. The scene where he's giving the first radio speech is phenomenal. That scene made me a fan for life b/c I was just blown away by how awesome his talent was. He starts out anxious and very nervous. As he begins to get a positive reaction from the crowd we see him subtely change and he becomes much more confident. By the end however his demeanor has changed again as the content of the speech has affected him and he's very sincere and moved. It's a beautiful thing to watch b/c it seems so real and not at all liked a very practiced performance. I defy anyone to say he wasn't a good actor or that he "just played himself" after watching that scene.
Post by mariastwin on Nov 18, 2009 22:59:23 GMT -6
I have a script (book) from McFarland Publishing (I believe) of MEET JOHN DOE. It contains all four endings and is quite interesting to read. I think I got it sometime in the 90s.
I wish someone would do a biobibliography of Gary Cooper. I have the ones on James Stewart, Henry Fonda and Ronald Colman. They are very expensive (my Stewart one was $79, but now I see it lists for over $100). A Cooper one would be worth every penny.
I do have a Literary Calvalcade (1974 or 1975) from when I was in High School English with the script for High Noon. We, as a class, had to read the script from High Noon (which to the rest of the class was a chore and a bore) but one of the few times I actually couldn't wait to come to that class. I ended up with about ten copies of that ...
VintageHome: Thanks, cori. I love my birds. I had to catch the Great Tit to get it back outside but it kept hiding from me ...eventually it found its way outside all by itself
May 22, 2013 3:08:08 GMT -6
gcfanforever: I don't always log in but I check your site very often, Coopsgirl. Love, love it!! The recent Forbes article was very good.
May 19, 2013 18:21:34 GMT -6
cori: Well, VintageHome, may be it's just only because you do it, she'll always be thankful...
May 18, 2013 10:19:22 GMT -6
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