The Virginian
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Gary Cooper, as a lanky Wyoming ranch and foreman, places his gun on a poker table after being insulted by one of the gamblers and intones, "If you want to call me that . . . smile." That much quoted line's origin is in this early sound version of the Owen Wister novel, The Virginian, directed by Victor Fleming. When the Virginian meets his old friend Steve (Richard Arlen), he gives him a job on his crew at the Box H Ranch near Medicine Bow, Wyoming. Newly arrived in town is the new schoolmarm, Molly Wood (Mary Brian), and both men take notice. Afterwards, in a saloon, The… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Arguably the best of many screen versions, Fleming's 1929 film was instrumental in shaping Gary Cooper's screen image and in maintaining the Western mythology, specifically the contrast between East and West culture."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The Virginian (1929) is a classic western - a film adaptation of Owen Wister's 1902 western play and original novel."
‑ Tim Dirks, Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
"A landmark film, that helped define the Western hero as the mythical chivalrous man."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Gritty early talkie western with two strong central performances."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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