Includes the following 5 classic films starring the great Gary Cooper: Sergeant York Two-Disc Special Edition (1941): Torn between religious pacifism and patriotism, Alvin York of Tennessee became World War I's most acclaimed hero. The simple backwoods farm boy captured 132 German soldiers during the Battle of Argonne and Gary Cooper (hand-picked by York) also won acclaim - and his first Best Actor Academy Award. Released in July, 1941 when the United States was on the brink of another war, this stirring adventure inspired thousands of men who were enlisting. Nominated for a total 11 Oscars and directed by Howard Hawks, the film details a religious man's moral crisis and heroics. Subsequently, he returns to the rural life he loved, refusing to capitalize on the adulation heaped upon him. An ode to patriotism and the human spirit, Sergeant York endures as one of Hollywood's finest hours. The Fountainhead (1949): Gary Cooper portrays idealistic architect Howard Roark and Patricia Neal plays the troubled beauty whose desire for him almost destroys her in this emotionally and intellectually searing film scripted by Ayn Rand from her own novel. From a granite quarry to Manhattan skyscrapers to a thrilling courtroom finale with his freedom on the line, Roark stands alone against the whole world. Springfield Rifle (1952): Few actors personified the West like Gary Cooper. Here, in a Civil War-era sagebrush saga co-written by Gunsmoke creator Charles Marquis Warren and directed by action master Andre de Toth, Cooper plays Lex Kearny, a U.S. Army major posing as a Confederate sympathizer. Kearney's ruse unmasks rustlers of Union horses, even though his true allegiance is revealed. The major and his troops are outmanned and outgunned but with the experimental weapon that makes one man the equal of five, they won't be outfought. The Wreck of Mary Deare (1959): Part seafaring adventure, part mystery, part courtroom drama. Gary Cooper and Charlton Heston star and Michael Anderson (Around the World in 80 Days, Logan's Run) directs from a screenplay by famed spy novelist Eric Ambler. Richard Harris, in his first year of film acting, gives an intense performance as a seaman who may be part of a duplicitous agenda. Dallas (1950): Cooper plays Blayde Hollister, posing as a Boston dandy, who comes to Texas with a gun and a plan: to seek out the notorious Marlow brothers (including Steve Cochran and Raymond Massey) who've wronged him. Stuart Heisler (Cooper's Along Came Jones) directs.
Commentary by Jeannine Basinger
Classic cartoon Porky's Preview
Vintage short Lions for Sale
Cooper Trailer Gallery
New making-of featurette: 'Sergeant York: Of God and Country'
Vintage biographical profile: 'Gary Cooper: American Life, American Legend'
New featurette: 'The Making of The Fountainhead'
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