Sergeant York

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

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Sergeant York

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.

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Alvin York was a back woods bumpkin sharpshooter from Tennessee before becoming a World War I war hero as Sergeant York (1941).

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Gary Cooper as Alvin York and Walter Brennan as Pastor Pyle in a publicity still for Sergeant York (1941).

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Joan Leslie and Gary Cooper in an autographed publicity still for Sergeant York (1941).  Joan was born in Detroit and had 70 acting credits in her career, from a 1936 short as Joan Brodel, through a 1991 tv movie.  Joan passed away in 2015 at the age of 90.

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Gary Cooper as Alvin York checks himself out in the mirror before becoming Sergeant York (1941).

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Alvin York had approval of the casting of Gracie Williams, his wife in Sergeant York (1941), and he approved of Joan Leslie, who was only 16 when she began filming.

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Alvin York carries his shotgun as Dickie Moore as his younger brother George hops a fence in a publicity still for Sergeant York (1941).

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Ward Bond as Ike Botkin in a publicity still for Sergeant York (1941).  Ward had an uncredited bit in Bringing Up Baby.

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Gary Cooper as Alvin York is held back by Ward Bond and Noah Beery Jr in a publicity still for Sergeant York (1941).  Noah was also in Hawks’ Only Angels Have Wings, Corvette K225 and Red River.  He was also in Viva Villa but his work was deleted from the final version.

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

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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 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).