Barbary Coast


Joel McCrae and Walter Brennan in a publicity still for Barbary Coast (1935)

Barbary Coast

Walter Brennan as Old Atrocity and Joel McCrae as Jim Carmichael in Barbary Coast (1935).  This was Walter’s first of six films with Howard Hawks.  Both he and Joel also appeared in Come and Get It (1936), also produced by Samuel Goldwyn and directed by Hawks.

Come and Get It


Walter Brennan, Frances Farmer and Edward Arnold break into song in the otherwise dramatic Come and Get It (1936).

Sergeant York

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.

Sergeant York

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.”

To Have and Have Not

Walter Brennan. Lauren Bacall and Hoagy Carmichael on the set of To Have and Have Not (1944).

To Have and Have Not


Walter Brennan as Eddie in To Have and Have Not (1944) “Was you ever bit by a dead bee?”

Walter Brennan as Eddie in a publicity still for To Have and Have Not (1944)

Red River

Walter Brennan as Nadine Groot eventually loses his store bought teeth to Chief Yowlachie who becomes Two Jaw Quo in a card game in Red River (1948)

Red River

Ivan Parry as sugar addict Bunk Kenneally is warned by cook Walter Brennan as Nadine Groot in Red River (1948), eventually causing a cattle stampede.

Rio Bravo

Walter Brennan as Stumpy and John Wayne as John T Chance in Rio Bravo (1959)

Rio Bravo

John Wayne’s son Patrick visits Walter Brennan and his father while they are filming Rio Bravo (1959)