The Virginian (1929 film)

The Virginian is a 1929 American pre-Code Western film directed by Victor Fleming and starring Gary Cooper, Walter Huston, and Richard Arlen. The film was based on the 1902 novel The Virginian by Owen Wister and adapted from the popular 1904 theatrical play Wister had collaborated on with playwright Kirke La Shelle.[1][unreliable source?]

The Virginian
Theatrical release poster
Directed byVictor Fleming
Written by
Based onThe Virginian (novel)
by Owen Wister
Produced byB. P. Schulberg
Louis D. Lighton
Edited byWilliam Shea
Music byKarl Hajos
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • November 9, 1929 (1929-11-09) (US)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish sound film

The Virginian is about a good-natured cowboy who romances the new schoolmarm and has a crisis of conscience when he learns his best friend is involved in cattle rustling. The film is considered to be Gary Cooper's breakthrough role and is well known for Cooper's line, "If you wanna call me that—smile", in response to a cuss by the antagonist.[2]

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