I try to never miss it. It’s one of those films that can’t be duplicated. It’s amazing that the first-third of the film takes-place inside the saloon, or just outside of it. Walter Brennan must’ve blew-the-audiences-away with his performance back then… the bad-guy you hated to love. When he uncorks that whiskey from his private-stock, I actually feel ‘the drunkeness’ as he and Cooper gulp it down. -And they wake-up in the same bed next morning, lol. Classic.
Yeah, the segment with the settlers being harassed is kinda predictable, but it’s included to enforce Brennan’s evil-nature as a prelude to the final shoot-out. I actually saw the TV-episodes of Judge Roy Bean, starring Edgar Buchanan, before I saw The Westerner. So I was surprised that Cooper 13’d Brennan’s Bean-character. In Buchanan’s show, Judge Roy was a lovably cantankerous ‘chaos demon’, who solved crimes and avenged wrongdoings while dispensing frontier-wisdom and witty one-liners.