1936, Sony Repertory, 115 min, USA, Dir: Frank Capra

When rural poet Longfellow Deeds (Gary Cooper at his most engaging) inherits a fortune, he moves to the big city and uses his newfound wealth to benefit his fellow man - much to the chagrin of various corporate and political interests. Jean Arthur is the jaded, cynical reporter whose idealism (and sense of romance) is reawakened by Deeds. Capra combines an awareness of man’s capacity for corruption with an optimistic belief in the possibility of positive change, making this a political comedy that’s angry and inspiring in equal measures.

1941, Warner Bros., 134 min, USA, Dir: Howard Hawks

Gary Cooper stars as Alvin C. York, a hillbilly sharpshooter and pacifist who is drafted into World War I, only to become one of the most celebrated army soldiers when he single handedly attacks and captures a German position, using his turkey-shoot expertise. Winner of two Oscars for Best Actor (Cooper) and Best Film Editing, with an additional nine nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Walter Brennan) and Best Supporting Actress (Margaret Wycherly).

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