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Walter Brennan as Pastor Pyle in a publicity still for Sergeant York (1941), his third of six Howard Hawks films (the most of any actor), after Barbary Coast and Come and Get It, and before To Have and Have Not, Red River and Rio Bravo.

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The York family in a publicity still for Sergeant York (1941) with Margaret Wycherly as Alvin York’s mother, June Lockhart as his sister and Dickie Moore as his brother.

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original publicity still for Sergeant York (1941).

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One of the town’s folk in Pall Mall, Tennessee, Alvin York’s home town, takes up with Paster Pyle about a pair of bloomers in a publicity still for Sergeant York (1941).

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screencap of World War I combat in Sergeant York (1941).

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behind the scenes of Sergeant York (1941) at the Warner Brothers Burbank studios.  It was also filmed at the Warner Ranch in Calabasas, California, and Tennessee.

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Gary Cooper as Alvin York in Sergeant York (1941), Gary’s second of three films with Howard Hawks, after Today We Live, and before Ball of Fire.

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Gary Cooper as Alvin York and Joan Leslie as his teenage bride Gracie Williams in a publicity still for Sergeant York (1941).

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Gary Cooper and Joan Leslie in a screencap from Sergeant York (1941).

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Howard Hawks in the director’s chair on a massive Warner Brothers soundstage for Sergeant York (1941) with Gary Cooper.

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Howard Hawks demonstrates proper technique to Gary Cooper while filming Sergeant York (1941), Gary’s first Oscar winner, and Hawks’ only Oscar nomination.  It was the number one box office hit of the year and a catalyst for the USA’s involvement in World War II, at a time when popular opinion was still largely in favor of isolationism.

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Bette Davis, also working at Warner Brothers studios at the time, visits Howard Hawks and Gary Cooper on the set of Sergeant York (1941).

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Marlene Dietrich has lunch at Warner Brothers studios with Howard Hawks and Gary Cooper while they are making Sergeant York (1941).

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Joan Leslie and Gary Cooper as husband and wife in an autographed publicity still for Sergeant York (1941).

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Sergeant York (1941) was nominated for 11 Oscars, including Best Picture and Howard Hawks for Best Director, winning for Gary Cooper as Best Actor and William Holmes for Best Editing.