Walter Brennan Awards
Born on July 25th, 1894
From Swampscott, Massachusetts
Prize-winning Tennessee marksman Alvin York (Gary Cooper), a recent convert to Christianity, finds himself torn between his non-violent beliefs and his desire to serve his country when recruited to fight in World War I. Kindly Major Buxton (Stanley Ridges) convinces York to engage in battle, where the pacifist's prowess with a rifle earns him honors as he continues to struggle with his decision to kill. Howard Hawks directs this adaptation of the real York's memoirs.
When John Dillon steals horses from Thad Goodwin's farm, Thad is killed in front of his young grandson, Peter. Over 70 years later, Peter (Walter Brennan) has relayed the story to his family, who vicariously carries the grudge. Dillon's grandson, Jack (Richard Greene), tries to make good on the promise of a horse his father had made to Peter's daughter, Sally (Loretta Young), but when she discovers Jack's lineage, she finds trusting his intentions difficult.