Come and Get It

Walter Brennan as Swan Bostrom in Come and Get It (1936)

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Red River

Walter Brennan and John Wayne in an original publicity still for Red River (1948)

Red River

John Wayne, Montgomery Clift and Walter Brennan in a scene from Red River (1948)

Rio Bravo

Walter Brennan as Stumpy in a publicity still for Rio Bravo (1959)

Barbary Coast

Edward G Robinson takes hold of Walter Brennan in Barbary Coast (1935), Walter’s first of six films with Howard Hawks.

To Have and Have Not

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Walter Brennan asks everyone he meets in To Have and Have Not (1944) “Was you ever bit by a dead bee?”

To Have and Have Not

Humphrey Bogart and Walter Brennan in To Have and Have Not (1944)

Sergeant York

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Walter Brennan as Pastor Pyle in a publicity still for Sergeant York (1941).  Of Walt’s six films with Howard Hawks, this is the only film in which he’s not the comic sidekick.

Sergeant York

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Gary Cooper. Walter Brennan and Noah Beery are among the residents of Pall Mall, Tennessee in a publicity still for Sergeant York (1941)

Come and Get It

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sheet music for Come and Get It (1936).  There is often music and singing in a Howard Hawks film.  He uses it as a bonding ritual, usually among co-workers.

Barbary Coast

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Joel McCrae, Miriam Hopkins and Walter Brennan in Barbary Coast (1935)

To Have and Have Not

Walter Brennan is Humphrey Bogart’s sidekick in To Have and Have Not (1944), Walt’s fourth film of six with Howard Hawks.

Barbary Coast

Walter Brennan as Old Atrocity in Barbary Coast (1935), even early in his career, Walt was playing grizzled old men.

Sergeant York

Walter Brennan as Pastor Pyle in Sergeant York (1941), Walt’s third of six films with Howard Hawks  This is his only Hawks film when he is not the salty old sidekick.

Red River

Walter Brennan as Nadine Groot in a publicity still for Red River (1948), his fifth of six films with Howard Hawks.