Sergeant York

Gary Cooper as World War I hero Sgt Alvin York in Sergeant York (1941).

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Sergeant York

Alvin York back home in Pall Mall, Tennessee with Ward Bond as Ike Botkin contemplating the outbreak of World War I in Sergeant York (1941).

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Gary Cooper as Sgt York

Gary Cooper poses for a publicity still as Alvin York before he became Sergeant York (1941).

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Walter Brennan as Pastor Pyle in Sergeant York (1941). the third of six films Howard Hawks made with Walter.  The first two were Barbary Coast and Come and Get It.  His next Hawks film was To Have and Have Not.  The final two were the John Wayne westerns Red River and Rio Bravo.

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Gary Cooper as Sergeant York (1941) fighting in Europe during World War I with George Tobias as Pusher Ross.  This is George’s first of two Howard Hawks war films.  In 1943 he was an assistant crew chief in Air Force, Hawks’  World War II feature.  George had a total of 98 acting credits, from 1927 to a 1977 tv episode.  He is best known as Abner Kravitz, the long suffering husband living across the street from the Stephens family on 54 episodes of Bewitched (1964-72).

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The York family with Walter Brennan as Pastor Pyle in a rerelease publicity still for Sergeant York (1941).  June Lockhart was sister Rosie, Dickie Moore was brother George, Gary Cooper was Alvin York, Joan Leslie was wife Gracie, and Margaret Wycherly was Mother York.

Margaret’s work was primarily on the stage so she had the attitude on the set that she was slumming in Hollywood.  She was a memorable screen mother again in 1949 for James Cagney in White Heat…  “I made it, ma.  Top of the world.”

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Howard Hawks in the director’s chair on the set of Sergeant York (1941), filming Gary Cooper.  The film went in to wide release Sep 27, 1941, just a few weeks before Pearl Harbor.  The film is often credited with helping to turn the tide for the popular war effort, as many Americans had still been isolationist regarding Hitler and events in Europe.  Sergeant York became the number one box office hit of the year.

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Sergeant York is Howard Hawks’ 25 film.

Sergeant York premiered Jul 2, 1941.

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Gary Cooper as Sgt Alvin York in Sergeant York (1941).  Gary won the first of his two Best Actor Oscars for Sergeant York and Howard Hawks received his only Oscar nomination for Best Director.

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Gary Cooper as Sgt Alvin York and Joan Leslie as Gracie Williams as his bride to be in Sergeant York (1941).  Joan was only 16 at the time and had been in films since the age of 11.  She previously had over a dozen uncredited bits, including Alfred Hitchcock’s Foreign Correspondent.  Joan passed away in Oct 2015 at the age of 90.