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Sergeant York

Sergeant York

Gary Cooper
Director: Howard Hawks Cast: Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper
, Walter Brennan
Walter Brennan
, Joan Leslie
Joan Leslie
Howard Hawks

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When World War I hero Alvin York agreed to sell the movie rights to his life story to Warner Bros., it was on three conditions: (1) That the film contains no phony heroics, (2) that Mrs.York not be played by a Hollywood "glamour girl" and (3) That Gary Cooper portray York on screen. All three conditions were met, and the result is one of the finest and most inspirational biographies ever committed to celluloid. When the audience first meets young farmer Alvin York (Cooper), he's the cussin'est, hell-raisin'est critter in the entire Tennessee Valley. All of this changes when York is struck by lighting during a late-night rainstorm. Chalking up the bolt from the blue as a message from God, York does a complete about-face and finds Religion, much to the delight of local preacher Rosier Pile (Walter Brennan). Despite plenty of provocation, York vows never to get angry at anyone ever again, determining to be a good husband and provider for his sweetheart Gracie Williams (Joan Leslie). When America goes to war in 1917, York elects not to answer the call when drafted, declaring himself a conscientious objector. Forced to go to boot camp, he proves himself a born leader, yet still he balks at the thought of killing anyone. York's understanding commanding officer Major Buxton (Stanley Ridges) slowly convinces the young pacifist that violence is sometimes the only way to defend Democracy. Later on, while serving with the AEF in the Argonne Forest, Sergeant York sees several of his buddies, including his Bronxite best pal Pusher Ross (George Tobias), killed in an enemy ambush. His anger aroused, York personally kills 25 German soldiers, then single-handedly captures 132 prisoners. As a result, York becomes the most decorated hero of WW1, celebrated by no less than General John J. Pershing as "the greatest civilian soldier" of the war. The film won Gary Cooper his first Academy Award, and also picked up an Oscar for Best Film Editing. Not surprisingly, it ended up as the highest-grossing film of 1941.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/13/2020
UPC: 0883929716623
Original Release: 1941
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 2:14:00
Sales rank: 5,280

Special Features

Commentary by Film Historian Jeanine Basinger ; Making-Of Featurette Sergeant York: Of God and Country; Classic Cartoon Porky's Preview; Vintage Short Lions for Sale

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gary Cooper Sgt. Alvin C. York
Walter Brennan Pastor Rosier Pile
Joan Leslie Gracie Williams
Ward Bond Ike Botkin
Stanley Ridges Maj. Buxton
Margaret Wycherly Mother York
George Tobias Michael T. "Pusher" Ross
Noah Beery Buck Lipscomb
June Lockhart Rosie York
Dickie Moore George York
Clem Bevans Zeke
Harvey Stephens Capt. Danforth
David Bruce Bert E. Thomas
Charles Esmond German Major
Joe Sawyer Sgt. Early
Pat Flaherty Sgt. Harry Parsons
Robert Porterfield Zeb Andrews
Erville Alderson Nate Tompkins
Murray Alper Gunnery Spotter
Clyde Cook British Soldier
Abe Finkel Actor
Frank McGlynn Farmer
Walter Sande Sergeant
Douglas Wood New York Spokesman
Jane Isbell Gracie's Sister
James Anderson Eb
Arthur Aylesworth Marty, Bartender
Lucia Carroll Saloon Girl
Lane Chandler Corporal Savage
Elisha Cook Piano Player
Howard Da Silva Lem
Jean del Val Marshal Foch
Charles Drake Scorer
Roland Drew Officer
Frank Faylen Butt Boy
Jo Gilbert Fat Woman
Joseph W. Girard Gen. John Pershing
Kit Guard Bit part
William Haade Card Player
Creighton Hale AP Man
Russell Hicks General
George S. Irving Harrison
Selmar Jackson Gen. Duncan
Si Jenks Bit part
Edward Keane Oscar of the Waldorf
Victor Kilian Andrews
Rita La Roy Saloon Girl
Frank Marlowe Beardsley
Tully Marshall Uncle Lige
Charles B. Middleton Mountaineer
Frank Orth Drummer
Gaylord "Steve" Pendleton Scorer
Jack Pennick Corporal Cutting
Kay Sutton Saloon Girl
Ray Teal Bit part
Charles Trowbridge Cordell Hull
Theodore Von Eltz Prison Camp Commander
Lee "Lasses" White Luke, the Target Keeper
Frank Wilcox Sergeant
Guy Wilkerson Tom Carver
Gig Young Soldier
Donald Douglas Capt. Tillman

Technical Credits
Howard Hawks Director,Producer
Harry Chandlee Screenwriter
Arthur Edeson Cinematographer
Abem Finkel Screenwriter
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Oliver S. Garretson Sound/Sound Designer
William Holmes Editor
John Hughes Art Director
John Huston Screenwriter
Peter Howard Screenwriter
Jesse Lasky Producer
Fred MacLean Set Decoration/Design
Sol Polito Cinematographer
Max Steiner Score Composer
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Perc Westmore Makeup

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