A Chronology of Gary Cooper Movie Posters 1929-1961.
Gary Cooper was born Frank James Cooper in Helena, Montana on May 7th, 1901.
He has been Oscar nominated 5 times winning Best Actor twice, for the films - Sergeant York (1941) and High Noon (1952).
Cooper or 'Coop' as he was commonly called, received an Honorary Oscar in 1961 "For his many memorable screen performances and the international recognition he, as an individual, has gained for the motion picture industry."
He had a voracious appetite but always remained thin.
He was married to Sandra Shaw from 1933 until his death (from prostate cancer) on May 13th, 1961. They had one child.
Ranked #11 on the American Film Institute's 50 Greatest Screen Legends list.
Gary Cooper appeared in over 100 movies this hub showcases poster art from 40 of those movies.
The Virginian (1929) Directed by Victor Fleming. 91mins.
Gary Cooper - The Virginian
Walter Huston - Trampas
Also starring Mary Brian, Richard Arlen, Helen Ware and Eugene Pallette.
Based on the novel by Owen Wister, first published in 1902.
Gary Cooper's first talking picture and first lead role in a western.
IMDB rating 6.9
Morocco (1930) Directed by Josef von Sternberg. 92mins.
Gary Cooper - Tom Brown
Marlene Dietrich - Amy Jolly
Adolphe Menjou - La Bessiere
Also starring Ullrich Haupt, Eve Southern and Francis McDonald.
Based on "Amy Jolly, the Woman from Marrakesh" by French-German novelist Benno Vigny.
The film was controversial at the time for the scene where Marlene Dietrich kisses a woman while dressed in a tuxedo.
Nominated for 4 Oscars - Best Director, Best Actress (Marlene Dietrich), Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction.
IMDB rating 7.3
A Farewell to Arms (1932) Directed by Frank Borzage. 80mins.
Gary Cooper - Lt. Frederic Henry
Helen Hayes - Catherine Barkley
Adolphe Menjou - Maj. Rinaldi
Also starring Mary Philips, Jack La Rue and Mary Forbes.
Based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway, published in 1929.
A Cinemascope with stereo sound remake starring Rock Hudson and Jennifer Jones was released in 1957.
Nominated for 4 Oscars including Best Picture, winning 2 - Best Cinematography and Best Sound.
IMDB rating 6.6
Design for Living (1933) Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. 91mins.
Fredric March - Thomas B. Chambers
Gary Cooper - George Curtis
Miriam Hopkins - Gilda Farrell
Also starring Edward Everett Horton, Isabel Jewell and Jane Darwell.
Based on the play of the same name by Noel Coward.
IMDB rating 7.6
The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935) Directed by Henry Hathaway. 109mins.
Gary Cooper - Lieutenant McGregor
Franchot Tone - Lieutenant Forsythe
Richard Cromwell - Lieutenant Stone
Also starring Guy Standing, C. Aubrey Smith, Kathleen Burke and Douglass Dumbrille.
Based on the book by Francis Yeats-Brown, published in 1930.
One of the biggest hits of the year.
Nominated for 8 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay, winning 2 - Best Assistant Director and Best Assistant Director.
Tagline - Set in the spectacle of mystic India with its glittering mosques, oirental palaces, weird music, bronzed nautch dancers
IMDB rating 7.4
Desire (1936) Directed by Frank Borzage. 95mins.
Marlene Dietrich - Madeleine de Beaupre
Gary Cooper - Tom Bradley
Also starring John Halliday, William Frawley, Akim Tamiroff and Alan Mowbray.
Romantic drama, a remake of a 1933 German film.
Tagline - Love was her precious loot!
IMDB rating 7.2
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) Directed by Frank Capra. 115mins.
Gary Cooper - Longfellow Deeds
Jean Arthur - Babe Bennett
Also starring George Bancroft, Lionel Stander, Douglass Dumbrille and H.B. Warner.
A Capra classic.
Based on Clarence Budington Kelland'a short story "Opera Hat", published in 1935.
Frank Capra won his 2nd of three Best Director Oscars, the other two were for It Happened One Night (1934) and You Can't Take it With You (1938).
Carole Lombard was considered for the lead female role.
Nominated for 5 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Actor (Gary Cooper), winning for Best Director.
IMDB rating 7.9
The General Died at Dawn (1936) Directed by Lewis Milestone. 98mins.
Gary Cooper - O'Hara
Madeleine Carroll - Judy Perrie
Also starring Akim Tamiroff, Dudley Digges, Porter Hall and William Frawley.
Set in war-torn China of the 1930s.
Nominated for 3 Oscars - Best Supporting Actor (Akim Tamiroff), Best Cinematography and Best Music Score (Boris Moross).
IMDB rating 6.7
The Plainsman (1936) Directed by Cecil B. DeMille. 113mins.
Gary Cooper - Wild Bill Hickok
Jean Arthur - Calamity Jane
Also starring James Ellison, Charles Bickford, Helen Burgess and Anthony Quinn.
Classic western based on the story "Wild Bill Hickok, the Prince of Pistoleers" by Frank J. Wilstach
The fictional adventures of real life Wild West legends, Wild Bill Hickock, Calamity Jane, Buffalo Bill and George Armstrong Custer. Even Abraham Lincoln makes a guest appearance.
John Wayne wanted to play Wild Bill Hickok but DeMille had his eye on Gary Cooper for the role.
IMDB rating 6.8
The Adventures of Marco Polo (1938) Directed by Archie Mayo. 104mins.
Gary Cooper - Marco Polo
Also starring Basil Rathbone, Sigrid Gurie, Binnie Barnes, Alan Hale, H.B. Warner and Lana Turner.
Gary Cooper's first big flop, the movie was expensive but failed to make a profit for the studio.
17 year old Lana Turner complained that they shaved her eyebrows to try to make her look Chinese.
IMDB rating 5.7
Beau Geste (1939) Directed by William A. Wellman. 112mins.
Gary Cooper - Beau Geste
Ray Milland - John Geste
Robert Preston - Digby Geste
Brian Donlevy - Sergeant Markoff
Also starring Susan Hayward, J. Carrol Naish, Albert Dekker and Broderick Crawford.
Based on the classic adventure novel by P.C. Wren, first published in 1924.
One of Coop's most famous films.
Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor (Brian Donlevy) and Best Art Direction.
Tagline - AGAIN...the three Gestes face a thousand dangers of the Sahara for each other...and love!
IMDB rating 7.8
The Westerner (1940) Directed by William Wyler. 100mins.
Gary Cooper - Cole Harden
Also starring Walter Brennan, Doris Davenport, Forrest Tucker, Chill Wills, Lilian Bond and Dana Andrews.
Classic western noteworthy for Walter Brennan's Oscar-winning performance as Judge Roy Bean, Brennan's third and last Oscar win.
Nominated for 3 Oscars winning Best Supporting Actor (Walter Brennan)
Tagline - The Raw Untamed Adventurous West... Lives Again!
IMDB rating 7.5
North West Mounted Police (1940) Directed by Cecil B. DeMille. 126mins.
Gary Cooper - Dusty Rivers
Madeleine Carroll - April Logan
Paulette Goddard - Louvette Corbeau
Preston Foster - Jim Brett
Robert Preston - Ronnie Logan
Also starring George Bancroft, Akim Tamiroff and Lon Chaney Jr.
Cecil B. DeMille's first colour movie.
Set in Canada in 1885.
Nominated for 5 Oscars including Best Music (Victor Young) and Best Cinematography, winning 1 - Best Film Editing.
Tagline - Two surging love stories woven into an unforgettable drama of human emotions, told against the blazing beauty of the northern forests . . . filmed in SUPER TECHNICOLOR !
IMDB rating 6.5
Meet John Doe (1941) Directed by Frank Capra. 122mins.
Gary Cooper - John Doe / John Willoughby
Barbara Stanwyck - Ann Mitchell
Also starring Edward Arnold, Walter Brennan, James Gleason and Gene Lockhart.
Based on a story by Richard Connell and Robert Presnell, Sr.
In one of the various endings tested on preview audiences around the country John Doe succeeds in commiting suicide at the climax but, surprise surprise, preview audiences hated that ending and they went with the happy ending.
Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay.
IMDB rating 7.7
Sergeant York (1941) Directed by Howard Hawks. 134mins.
Gary Cooper - Alvin York
Also starring Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie, George Tobias, Stanley Ridges, Margaret Wycherly and Ward Bond.
Based on real events - the life of Alvin York - the most decorated soldier of the First World War.
A signature role for Coop and one of his most famous and most popular movies.
Costing $1.4m Sergeant York was the biggest hit of the year grossing $16.3m at the US box office.
Nominated for 11 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Walter Brennan) and Best Music (Max Steiner), winning 2 - Best Actor (Gary Cooper) and Best Film Editing.
Tagline - Missiles! Jets! Tanks! ...It's still the Guy with Guts and a Gun who Wins the War!
IMDB rating 7.8
Ball of Fire (1941) Directed by Howard Hawks. 111mins.
Gary Cooper - Prof. Bertram Potts
Barbara Stanwyck - Sugarpuss O'Shea
Also starring Oskar Homolka, Henry Travers, Richard Haydn and Dana Andrews.
Classic screwball comedy.
Partly based on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, with 7 eccentric professors representing the dwarfs.
Nominated for 4 Oscars - Best Screenplay, Best Actress (Barbara Stanwyck), Best Music (Alfred Newman) and Best Sound.
IMDB rating 7.8
The Pride of the Yankees (1942) Directed by Sam Wood. 128mins.
Gary Cooper - Lou Gehrig
Also starring Teresa Wright, Babe Ruth, Walter Brennan, Dan Duryea and Elsa Janssen.
Based on real events - the life of baseball legend Lou Gehrig.
Gehrig died a year before the film was released.
Oddly enough Gary Cooper was not a baseball fan, he had never played or even watched a game until he was hired for the film.
The last line of the film "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth" is #38 on the AFI's 100 Greatest Movie Quotes list.
Nominated for 11 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Gary Cooper) and Best Actress (Teresa Wright), winning 1 - Best Film Editing.
Tagline - The Crowd Worshipped Him... One Woman Understood Him!
IMDB rating 7.7
For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) Directed by Sam Wood. 170mins.
Gary Cooper - Robert Jordan
Ingrid Bergman - María
Also starring Akim Tamiroff, Vladimir Sokoloff, Fortunio Bonanova and Katina Paxinou.
Based on the best-selling novel by Ernest Hemingway, published in 1940.
Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman were Hemingway's choices for the main roles.
Nominated for 9 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor (Gary Cooper), Best Actress (Ingrid Bergman) and Best Supporting Actor (Akim Tamiroff), winning 1 - Best Supporting Actress (Katina Paxinou).
Tagline - From the most thrilling novel of our years !
IMDB rating 7.0
The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944) Directed by Cecil B. DeMille. 140mins.
Gary Cooper - Dr. Corydon M. Wassell
Also starring Laraine Day, Signe Hasso, Dennis O'Keefe, Carol Thurston and Carl Esmond.
Based on real events - the WWII activities of US Navy doctor Corydon Wassell.
Oscar nomination for Best Special Effects.
Tagline - Drama of Loyalty and Love! The Story the Whole World Has Heard About!
IMDB rating 6.8
Along Came Jones (1945) Directed by Stuart Heisler. 90mins.
Gary Cooper - Melody Jones
Loretta Young - Cherry de Longpre
Also starring William Demarest, Dan Duryea, Frank Sully and Don Costello.
Tagline - It's the West at it's Best! With rootin' shootin' shootin' Cooper!
IMDB rating 6.4
Saratoga Trunk (1945) Directed by Sam Wood. 135mins.
Gary Cooper - Clint Maroon
Ingrid Bergman - Clio Dulaine
Also starring Flora Robson, Jerry Austin, John Warburton and Florence Bates.
Romantic drama based on the novel by Edna Ferber, first published in 1940.
Lena Horne was considered for the female lead.
Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress (Flora Robson).
IMDB rating 6.3
Cloak and Dagger (1946) Directed by Fritz Lang. 106mins.
Gary Cooper - Prof. Alvah Jesper
Also starring Lili Palmer, Robert Alda, Vladimir Sokoloff, J. Edward Bromberg and Marjorie Hoshelle.
Thriller based on the non fiction book "Cloak and Dagger: The Secret Story of O.S.S." by Alastair MacBain and Corey Ford.
Tagline - The moment he fell in love was his moment of greatest danger!
IMDB rating 6.5
Unconquered (1947) Directed by Cecil B. DeMille. 146mins.
Gary Cooper - Capt. Christopher Holden
Paulette Goddard - Abby
Also starring Howard Da Silva, Boris Karloff, Cecil Kellaway, Henry Wilcoxon and Ward Bond.
Based on "Unconquered, a Novel of the Pontiac Conspiracy" by Neil Swanson.
Epic historical adventure set in the American colonies, 1763.
Being British Boris Karloff had tea breaks at 4pm written into his contract, Cooper and Paulette Goddard would join him for tea and biscuits. Goddard had 4pm tea breaks written into her contracts too.
Oscar nomination for Best Special Effects.
Tagline - Crimson-haired slave girl . . . desired by a man of destiny! Together they shared the thrills of the most daring spectacle De Mille ever filmed !
IMDB rating 7.1