Sergeant York, the highest-grossing movie of 1941, opened in American theaters in July and was still playing after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7. A biographical film starring Gary Cooper as the WWI hero Alvin York, it would receive 11 Oscar nominations and win two. Young men went directly from watching the movie in theaters to the enlistment offices, to sign up for the war that had just come to America. And the hero who inspired them to join the fight was a man of peace.

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  1. colleenb Member

    Very interesting as always. I was especially interested to hear about York releasing his story so that a film could be made. I had not heard that before. Thank you.

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  2. Taras Coolidge

    It’s a great movie.

    And I’m sure Gary Cooper enjoyed playing opposite his old pal, Walter Brennan, again.

    Many years before, as young cowpunchers, Cooper and Brennan had rode into Hollywood together, looking for extra and stunt work.

    Brennan has the peculiar distinction of winning three of the first five Best Supporting Actor Oscars ever given.

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