The Westerner

The Westerner (1940)


  • Genre: Action, Western, Romance
  • Release Date: 1940-09-18
  • User Rating: 6.9/10 from 49 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 40min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Samuel Goldwyn Productions
  • Production Country: United States of America
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Drifter Cole Harden is accused of stealing a horse and faces hanging by self-appointed Judge Roy Bean, but Harden manages to talk his way out of it by claiming to be a friend of stage star Lillie Langtry, with whom the judge is obsessed, even though he has never met her. Tensions rise when Harden comes to the defense of a group of struggling homesteaders who Judge Bean is trying to drive away.

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  • The Westerner Photos

    Camera Gregg Toland Director of Photography
    Art James Basevi Art Direction
    Editing Daniel Mandell Editor
    Sound Dimitri Tiomkin Music
    Directing William Wyler Director
    Art Julia Heron Set Decoration
    Production Samuel Goldwyn Producer
    Sound Fred Lau Sound Engineer
    Writing Stuart N. Lake Story
    Directing Walter Mayo Assistant Director
    Writing Jo Swerling Screenplay
    Writing Niven Busch Screenplay
    Production Robert McIntyre Casting
    Costume & Make-Up Robert Stephanoff Makeup Artist
    Costume & Make-Up Irene Saltern Costume Design