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
July 21, 1961, Time Magazine movie review (no author):
Cinema: Coop’s Last
Naked Edge (Pennybaker-Baroda; United Artists), the whodunit that is the late Gary Cooper's last picture, is a waste of a good man. As a buildup, the film's promoters have decreed that large red lights shall flash outside theaters for the last 13 minutes of each performance to warn curiosity-maddened customers that all attempts to storm the box office during that period will be repulsed. But like the Maginot line, the fortifications work only one way; there is no provision to withstand charges from customers already inside the theaters who want to get out.
Quite a few customers may want to. The much-whooped ending is mildly exciting, although predictable and straight out of the parts bin. But the body of the film is tedious and unconvincing. Cooper is supposed to be an American businessman in London whose wife (Deborah Kerr) suspects that he is a murderer. It is all very sinister; Coop gives testimony that convicts a business colleague of murder and then, with a stolen moneybag still not found, begins throwing pound notes around. When his wife asks where the cash came from, he mumbles something about the stock market and adds, as cellos groan ominously in what ought to be called the film's foreground music, "I made a killing."
Hokum accretes; Coop plays shady scenes with an oil-slick partner (Michael Wilding) and a blackmailer (Eric Portman). Every five minutes or so, Actress Kerr's lip trembles; Coop says, "We're going home and talk this thing through," and sure enough, they do. It is a fine, sentimental thing to watch Coop walk across a room, long arms held out from his hips, hands curving in toward invisible six-guns, and it is a useful time killer, while the plot boils on, to speculate about how a director might have made Coop a credible villain.
Alfred Hitchcock, one feels, might have pulled it off, but Director Michael Anderson fails shabbily. An instance is the simple and necessary business of withholding information. When Hitchcock wants to hide the face of a stalking murderer from the camera, he invents some reason—perhaps a half-drawn shade in a rear window. Anderson merely points his lens toward anonymous trouser legs and fires away. No matter how hard the cellists play, this is cheating.
The New York Times original movie review, July 1, 1961:
MOVIE REVIEW The Naked Edge (1961)
Late Actor Is Seen in 'The Naked Edge':IT is too bad that Gary Cooper's last film had to be a piece of cheese as synthetic and unappetizing as "The Naked Edge," which was slipped into the Victoria and the Trans-Lux Eighty-fifth Street yesterday.
By BOSLEY CROWTHER
IT is too bad that Gary Cooper's last film had to be a piece of cheese as synthetic and unappetizing as "The Naked Edge," which was slipped into the Victoria and the Trans-Lux Eighty-fifth. Street yesterday. For old Coop deserved something better to ring down the curtain on his career. And, besides, this little British-made suspense film doesn't even put him in the top role.
It gives that unenviable assignment to handsome and intrepid Deborah Kerr, who plays the wife of an American business man in London whom she grows to suspect is an uncaught murderer.
Against all intelligent reasoning, Miss Kerr has to pretend to be more and more fearful of her husband as she becomes more and more convinced by snatches of circumstantial evidence that he robbed and killed a man. All the while, Mr. Cooper, as the husband, simply plays up to her, being gentle, enigmatic, menacing, as the script requires.
It is manufactured tension of the plainest sort, worked up with illogical twists and tricks of photography and cutting by which director Michael Anderson has apparently hoped to heighten the melodramatic mood. It also has a good cast, in addition to Mr. Cooper and Miss Kerr — Eric Portman, Michael Wilding, Hermione Gingold, Diane Cilento and even Wilfred Lawson and Joyce Carey in bit roles.
But it is pure claptrap entertainment—a piece of cheese, as we say, full of holes. And it is sad to see poor old Coop in it. Well, we can remember him for many better things.
THE NAKED EDGE, screen play by Joseph Stefano, from the novel, "First Train to Babylon," by Max Ehrlich; directed by Michael Anderson: produced by Walter Seltzer and George Glass: released through United Artists. At the Victoria Theatre. Broadway and Forty-fifth Street and the Trans-Lux Eighty-fifth Street Theatre, on Madison Avenue. Running time: ninety-nine minutes. George Radcliffe . . . . . Gary Cooper Martha Radcliffe . . . . . Deborah Kerr Jeremy Clay . . . . . Eric Portman Mrs. Heath . . . . . Diane Cilento Lilly Harris . . . . . Hermione Gingold Mr. Wrack . . . . . Peter Cushing Morris Brooke . . . . . Michael Wilding Mr. Claridge . . . . . Ronald Howard Donald Heath . . . . . Ray McAnally Manfridi . . . . . Sandor Eles Mr. Pom . . . . . Wilfred Lawson Miss. Osborne . . . . . Helen Cherry
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
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