Red River

some of the men of the cattle drive in Red River (1948) including Hank Worden in the vest and white shirt.  Hank was educated at Stanford and had 222 acting credits in his career, from an uncredited bit in Howard Hawks’ Barbary Coast (1935) through four episodes of the original Twin Peaks as an elderly bellhop at the Great Northern Hotel (1991-92).

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Red River

Nadine Groot is upset with Thomas Dunson’s behavior on the cattle drive and makes it known in a publicity still for Red River (1948).

Red River

Walter Brennan, John Wayne and Mickey Kuhn in Red River (1948).  Mickey was born in Waukegan, Illinois and turned 85 in Sept 2017.  Mickey had 32 acting credits in his career, from an uncredited bit in 1932 as a two year old, through three episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents in 1957.  Mickey also had bit parts in Gone With the Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire.

Red River

Thomas Dunson with his adopted son Matthew Garth and his man Friday Nadine Groot in a publicity still for Red River (1948)

Rio Bravo

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Walter Brennan as Stumpy in a publicity photo for Rio Bravo (1959).  This was Walter’s sixth and final film with Howard Hawks, after Barbary Coast (1935), Come and Get It (1936), Sergeant York (1941). To Have and Have Not (1944) and Red River (1948).

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)