Friday, May 8, 2009

Coop


Ok, we'll get back to everlasting life after this brief intermission.


For now, we'd rather talk about Gary Cooper, wouldn't we? K's a fan, so is Bandit. And I'm sure we're not alone. Drop-dead handsome, droll, sweet, and that fucker could ride (Gary, not K -- at least, not to my knowledge). Did all his own horseback stunts.

Weird that youtube has any scene from the obscure Gable films, but all I could find on Coop was the do-gooder stuff everyone knows, like High Noon, Meet John Doe, Mr. Deeds... Ho-hum.

I'll name one film that's far far superior, and two others that are not great, but really interesting: The Westerner, The Hanging Tree, and Along Came Jones.

The Westerner has humor, romance, riding, and Walter Brennan and Cooper in bed.

Unfortunately, this is all I could find. Pity you have to miss the dialogue, 'cause it's brilliant. Oh, but he's a pretty man, is he not. Watch that balance on horseback, it's impossible. And he's riding a true cowboy horse -- a big pie-faced, roman-nosed quarter. With a split ear bridle. And a plain old curb bit. and his hand is dead quiet on that horse's mouth. But now I'm gushing.

29 comments:

  1. Not to mention how his lips and tongue could caress a cigarette ...

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  2. I knew I'd flush out at least one more fan.

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  3. OK, I didn't know K had a Cooper fetish. I'll excuse the change in avatar every so often. I don't know why but I was never big into GC. Maybe I'll revisit now that I've put on a few more decades.

    WV: DERIL
    "Meet my brothers - Deril, Deril, and my other brother Deril"

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  4. he's even great in the corny Fountainhead with the most beautiful actress ever, Patricia Neal.

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  5. I'm only intermittently interested in westerns, but there are two terrific Gary Cooper movies that fall directly within the comedy/romance spheres: Ball of Fire and Love in the Afternoon, and in the latter, he's not even a nice guy. Neither is revoltingly sappy--just sappy enough.

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  6. Virginia where have you been hiding?

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  7. Excuse me. Most. Gorgeous. Man. Evurr.

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  8. He can ride a horse, I'll give him that ...but can he also ride a camel, fly a jet, steer a Harley, rule a country? King Hussein can! with a "drop dead handsome" voice
    wv
    pinko

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  9. When I got my horse in the early 90's, I became obsessed with the old westerns -- mainly to learn how not to get bucked and reared off over and over. Honest, I was well known at the emergency ward. Well you know what, a lot of those riders from the John Ford films, etc., were really shitty. Watch 'em, jerking the horse's mouth and waving their elbows like chicken wings. Then I discovered Coop. And then I discovered some really great forgotten movies.

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  10. What the uck-fay is wrong with you PA? Your such a contrarian. Can you ride without your Berkenstocks slipping through the stirrups? No. Is it any wonder nobody wants to ride with you? Well, maybe Mid-Town G.

    wisacre

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  11. Mid Town wears berks? And I thought he was so cool.

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  12. Caress a cigarette??? Where on earth have I been????

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  13. Um, I lost my train of thought to type. He's...very handsome. :D

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  14. Well, Julie I'm boots up over the whole idea.

    Also important, if you're gong to ride off to meet your destiny leave the chicken flap in the dirt yard. And give the Birkenstocks to Festus.

    One of my favorite scenes in a western is Tommy Lee Jones riding slick as spit down the main drag to give a beating to a man who is mistreating Newt. Son, he can ride.

    wv musers

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  15. That is all gorgeous and everthang but I had to turn the sound down on Dolly. (ugh) I love it when you gush! Gush on.

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  16. My favorite cowboy is The Virginian - is that a contradiction - a Virginian being a cowboy?

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  17. PJ's got some sayin's I"m cracking up over. Slick as spit?? Well around here we say as slick as owl s_ _ _ on a linoleum floor. And I like "Boots Up". Guess we both speak southern just have a different twist on our sayings.

    And Julie, I'm having trouble getting past the lips, tongue caressing the cigarette thing. WELL my goodness sakes alive!

    Deril??? Where you been hiding???

    KM, Patricia Neal was a wonderful actress i agree.

    AH, Apparently I've pretty much taken over here. I'll bow out and leave it to you to gush till the cows come home . Night everyone!
    V

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  18. It's too late in the day for me to attempt any drollery so I'll just say "Yes" to "The Westerner." Black humor (with sentiment and of course gunplay)from the Forties.

    All the more so when I now turn on TCM and see "The Trip" is playing. Dreckery from the Sixties.

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  19. Did I mention the cinematographer of this great B/W film was Greg Toland -- of Citizen Kane fame?

    NOTHAT: Uh-huh.

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  20. Wasn't that Barbara Stanwick in The Fountainhead? Oh, no no no. Ken Mac is quite right, it was the divine Patricia Neal. I guess I got The Fountainhead mixed up with Great Balls of Fire.

    I love the Coop as Prof. bertram Potts. Golly, he's to die for.

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  21. Slicker'n snot on a doorknob, V.

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  22. Petrea, I give up , you win with that one! HAR

    WV: CERIE , I swear! (well it's close)

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  23. V, I photographed owls today but there wasn't any linoleum...they must have been imports.

    promate

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  24. If you want to see a picture of the bad girl who drove me to westerns, take a look at pasadenaadjacent.com. She linked to a Vandy post from last year.

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  25. He's one of my all-time favorites. I never realized about the horse stuff -- but that makes him all the more dreamy.

    My cousin did a bunch of geneological research on my father's side of the family, going pretty far back. I was so excited when I found out through Ancestry.com that Coop and I are something like 8th cousins twice removed. (But I can't ride a horse to save my life.)

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  26. Patricia Neal!!!

    gggrrrroooowwwwllllll...

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  27. Sorry, lost my train of thought for a moment.

    I heard that Coop rode with such aplomb and grace due to a game leg, causing him to create his own style of "horsemanship".

    KB, you weren't trying to emulate him in some odd manner, were you?

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  28. Bad girl gone good! ask Ramona....

    shewhoiswithoutsin

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  29. He certainly looks good in the saddle.

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