Sergeant York

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

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Sergeant York

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.

To Have and Have Not

To Have and Have Not (1944) is the only film in history written by a Nobel Prize winner, William Faulkner, based on a novel by another Nobel Prize winner, Ernest Hemingway.

To Have and Have Not

Walter Brennan asks “Was you ever bit by a dead bee?” in To Have and Have Not (1944).  When Lauren Bacall is the first to answer yes, she explains “I bit him back.”

To Have and Have Not

Humphrey Bogart, Dan Seymour and a blurry Walter Brennan in a publicity still for To Have and Have Not (1944).  Dan was born in Chicago and had 111 acting credits in his career, from 1942 to an episode of Fantasy Island in 1978,  Dan also appeared in another Bogart and Bacall classic, Key Largo, their best film together not directed by Howard Hawks.

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).

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.”