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
Post by maggiejones on Oct 10, 2009 10:03:17 GMT -6
As promised, pictures and information gathered from my recent 3 day trip to Dunstable, 6th, 7th & 8th October. I will try and recall as much information as was given to me by the wonderful gentlemen I met. Firstly MR NICK SHARPE, HEADMASTER OF ASHTON MIDDLE SCHOOL, " DUNSTABLE GRAMMAR"AND MR JOHN BUCKLEDEE, CHAIRMAN, DUNSTABLE AND DISTRICT, LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY,ALSO A SPECIAL THANKS TO JOHN BRYANT, CHAIRMAN OF DUNSTABLE SCHOOL OLD BOYS ASSOCIATION
Maggie, thanks for these photos! It's really fun seeing here he went to school. What a change it must have been for him after Montana! And then again when he returned to the US and had to become a cowboy again. Good research work.
Post by maggiejones on Oct 10, 2009 13:21:08 GMT -6
Head Master at the time that Gary and Arthur were students was Mr L.C.R Thring
THE EARLY YEARS OF THE SCHOOL L C R Thring When Dunstable School opened its doors in September, 1888, its first Headmaster was L C R Thring, of the Thring family of Uppingham. Mr Thring had previously been an assistant master at Wellingborough Grammar School, and he and Mrs Thring were to remain in Dunstable until 1921, establishing a firm reputation for fairness and dedication to the school, and a "family atmosphere" which many Old Boys remembered with affection. In a school magazine of 1911, one such Old Boy recalls, "In our Head we have a man who, with his sterling qualities and splendid character, has always set a noble example and appealed to the best instincts of his boys. He has from the first earned their respect and something far greater, that is, their affection..... he is stern enough when occasion desires, as all disciplinarians must be, but to judge him properly, you must see him in school, and then out of school joining in the outdoor sports and excelling at them all in a way that wins the admiration of those privileged to be present." The same writer speaks of Mrs Thring as "a kind and gracious lady". She it was who, with the help of a School Matron, had the job of looking after the gradually increasing numbers of boarders, some of whom, as the years passed, came from as far afield as France, Italy, America, China and India. (see 1901 census) Her husband was a very able and enthusiastic cricketer and another magazine article recalls that "Our heartiest congratulations go to the Head on scoring a brilliant century against Felstead for the MCC." In fact, a favourite early punishment for any misdemeanours committed by the original forty-nine pupils was to man a heavy roller, as part of a team of eight, in order to level the surface of the cricket pitch. Cricket matches are reported in the magazine of 1899 as having been played against St Albans Grammar School, Bedford County School, and Christ's College, Finchley. In 1900 came the first of the Cricket Weeks, involving past and present Masters and Boys of the Dunstable School, in matches against the County and the town. Mr Thring’s name features prominently in these first reports.
Head Masters private quarters ( window to the left of the door was his study and was where students were sent for punishment )
Post by maggiejones on Oct 10, 2009 13:44:37 GMT -6
This is the Science Laboratory built in 1907 and so was a fairly new part of the school when Gary studied his chemistry & physics.
The Head Master, Mr Nick Sharpe, very kindly found time in his busy schedule to give a guided tour of the school grounds and beautifully appointed interior, which was as Gary would have seen it. It has not been changed since he was there. They are very proud of their famous Old Boy.
The inside of the main door into the Head Masters private quarters. This would have been the view that the boys would have had whilst waiting to be seen. Gary would have been one of those boys.
The main school hall
In this trophy cabinet there is an old school cap discovered recently in a cavity when maintenance work was being carried out. The cap dates approximately from Gary's time at the school.
Post by maggiejones on Oct 10, 2009 14:56:35 GMT -6
This wall was directly outside the school tuck shop and the boys used to wait in line to buy sweets ( candies ) You can see the holes that they ground out of the wall with their pennies as they waited there turn
In March 1932, an article appeared in the Dunstable Gazette entitled :
GARY COOPER'S SCHOOL REMINISCENCES
Hopes to come to Dunstable
Gary Cooper, the six-feet-3 film star with the " perfectly sweet " smile, who spent 2 years at Dunstable School, is at present in London where he has been staying with friends since thursday.
Gary is very anxious to re-visit the old school, and when yesterday he was " discovered " at Wardour Street, he expressed the hope that he would be able to see his old school master Mr Thring, who retired about 10 years ago and now resides in Somerset. He wonders, too, whether that master who whacked him very soundly on a number of occasions is still at Dunstable School and if so, he would like to meet him, for he admitted that he probably richly merited the canings so bears the master no ill-will
Gary has so far evaded " fan-worship" but if he pops down to Dunstable he is certain to be lionised by his many admirers among the fair sex.
Great stuff Maggie! Thanks so much for taking the time to go there and tell us all about it. It's so neat to see those buildings that are just beautiful and know that's what they looked like when little Frank was there.
Post by maggiejones on Oct 11, 2009 10:16:52 GMT -6
The White House, Houghton Regis ( far right ), was the home of their father Charles before he left for America. Their cousin Miss Laura Freeman lived next door in the Red House (centre of picture) and where the Cooper family visited during their time in England. The boys and their Mother lived with their aunt Mrs Barton, at 157 High Street North, Dunstable, approx 3/4 of a mile away from Houghton Regis and almost directly opposite the Grammar School. This picture is taken from the tower of All Saints Parish Church.
Please Note: John Buckledee has kindly put me right on where the White House was. Quote: "There's a small mistake on the photos of the Cooper family home in Houghton Regis. The White House is the one in the centre of the photo, (NOT painted white!) taken from the church tower. It confuses a lot of local people because the house painted white, on the right of the photo, is where Gary's aunt lived in later years"
Post by maggiejones on Oct 11, 2009 14:38:32 GMT -6
Garys Dunstable home, 157 High Street North, unfortunately it is now a grocery store. The commerative plaque was arranged by John Buckledee after much research into the exact location, bearing in mind that house numbers had changed since that time, along with parish boundaries.
The house above is directly across from No: 157 and maybe how the shop originally looked when Gary lived there.
These are the terraced houses in Waterlow Road where Garys school chums lived. He was discouraged from mixing with boys from the "lower classes" but chose to anyway. Good for him
Post by maggiejones on Oct 13, 2009 1:49:32 GMT -6
There is a section in the paper about the discovery of a file of cuttings about Gary which was found in the library of the Luton News. John Buckledee discovered them and at that time he was the Editor for The Dunstable Gazette. John has a real passion for what he does and he must of felt like a kid in a candy store when he first laid eyes on them.
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