Overall Rank: 4277
Average Rating: 2.8/4
# of Ratings: 23
Theatrical Release Date: 09/20/1940
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: William Wyler
Actors: Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Doris Davenport, Fred Stone, Forrest Tucker, Lilian Bond
Plot: The wily Cole Harden bonds with Judge Roy Bean over a popular actress... and temporarily avoids a hanging. In the meantime, Harden finds himself embroiled in a range war between cattlemen and homesteaders -- Chris Kavan
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Ichabod Crane - wrote on 02/12/2011
This film is a bit of a missed opportunity. It has a fascinating character of a self appointed Judge Roy Bean obsessed with an actress he has never seen in person, terrifically portrayed by Walter Brennan who is surprisingly charming and chilling in the role. Bean's story and character is interesting but unfortunately the film spends too much time with a standard land dispute story, which focuses on the less interesting character played rather dully by Gary Cooper. It still is good enough to recommend due to Brennan, but it could have simply been a lot better.
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