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Films: Walter Brennan

How the West Was Won

  • 1962
  • US
  • 2h 44min
  • PG
  • Directed by: John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall
  • Cast: Carroll Baker, Walter Brennan, Lee J. Cobb, Andy Devine, Henry Fonda, Carolyn Jones, Karl Malden, Agnes Moorehead, Harry Morgan, Gregory Peck, George Peppard, Robert Preston, Debbie Reynolds, Thelma Ritter, James Stewart, Eli Wallach, John Wayne

Star-studded overblown Western adventure spanning four generations of a family as they move from New York state to California in the mid-19th century.

Rio Bravo

  • 4 stars
  • 1959
  • US
  • PG
  • Directed by: Howard Hawks
  • Written by: BH McCampbell, (short story), Jules Furthman, Leigh Brackett
  • Cast: John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson, Walter Brennan, Ward Bond, John Russell

Classically sprawling western, in which the Duke plays a lawman trying to go it alone against the gang trying to spring their colleague from the local jailhouse. He's too proud to enlist support from youthful Nelson, alcoholic Martin or geriatric Brennan, but can he hold out without their help? A powerful and…

Red River

  • 1948
  • US
  • 2h 13min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Howard Hawks, Arthur Rosson (co-director)
  • Written by: Borden Chase, Charles Schnee
  • Cast: John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Walter Brennan

A classic Western about the establishing of the Chisholm Trail, which closely examines Wayne's heroic image by pitting him against the more liberal viewpoint of surrogate son Clift. On another level, it pre-dates all those 80s male bonding movies and also has the benefits of an epic backdrop. A must-see.

To Have and Have Not

  • 1945
  • US
  • 1h 40min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Howard Hawks
  • Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan, Lauren Bacall, Dolores Moran, Hoagy Carmichael

Bogart and Bacall worked together for the first time in Hawks' Hemingway adaptation, set in the Caribbean during World War II, where Bogart's fishing boat owner is drawn into the conflict by his (real life) love for Bacall.

Sergeant York

  • 4 stars
  • 1941
  • US
  • U
  • Directed by: Howard Hawks
  • Written by: Harry Chandlee, Abem Finkel, John Huston, Howard Koch
  • Cast: Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan

Cooper stars as Alvin C York, a hillbilly drafted into the army in World War I, despite his claims to be a pacifist, who ends up becoming a war hero.