The Westerner

Synopsis: Cole Harden just doesn't look like a horse thief, Jane-Ellen Matthews tells Judge Roy Bean as she steps up to the bar. Cole says he can't take it with him as he empties all of his coins on the bar to buy drinks for the jury. He notices two big pictures of Lily Langtry behind the bar. Sure, Cole has met the Jersey Lily, whom the hanging judge adores, even has a lock of her hair. Hanging is delayed for two weeks, giving Cole time to get in the middle of a range war between cattlemen and homesteaders and to still be around when Lily Langtry, former mistress of Edward VII who became an international actress, arrives in Texas.
Director(s): William Wyler
Production: MGM
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.5
Rotten Tomatoes:
100%
APPROVED
Year:
1940
100 min
12 Views


might consider it contempt of court.

It's contempt, all right.

You call this a court?

I do, and it happens to

be in session right now.

Southeast, get the young lady a chair.

Now, you sit down, Miss Mathews, and

I'll tend to your case in a minute.

You're charged with stealing

a horse. Guilty or not guilty?

Not guilty.

Where's exhibit A?

- Huh?

Where's the horse? Bring

in the horse, Chickenfoot.

Oh, yeah. Yeah, horse.

Miss Mathews, when cattle

can't get to water, they die.

There's miles of river on

each side of our homestead.

This country's unfenced rangeland.

It always was, and always will be.

Get in there. All

right, give me room there, you guys.

Come on, get in there.

Whoa, Pete. Come on in here.

Come on, get over there.

Give us a little room.

All right, Judge, there he is.

Mr. Harden, it's my duty to inform you

that the larceny of an equine is a

capital offense, punishable by death,

but you can rest assured that, in this court,

a horse thief always gets a

fair trial before he's hung.

- Chickenfoot, that's your horse?

- Oh, why, Judge...

Can you prove it's your horse?

Why, Judge, anybody here... I can prove

it by Pete himself that he's my horse.

Pete, you're my horse, ain't you?

Ownership of horse clearly

established. It belongs to Chickenfoot.

That's my ruling.

Well, I don't contest it, Your

Honor. Maybe the horse does belong

to Chickenfoot here, but I didn't steal it.

- How'd you get it then?

- I bought it.

Order in the court!

- That all you got to say?

- That's all.

No, it's not. I'm not going to stay here

and see anybody railroaded like this.

Miss Mathews, I don't recollect you

was summoned as a witness in this trial.

What kind of a trial is it when a prisoner

isn't even allowed to

have anybody speak for him?

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Jo Swerling

Jo Swerling (April 8, 1897 – October 23, 1964) was an American theatre writer, lyricist and screenwriter. more…

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