The Pride of the Yankees

What a great role for Gary Cooper! Even if it is sort of funny to see a 41-year-old Cooper play a college-aged boy, he still manages to capture some signature boyish charm, and I think this is the best dramatic performance I've seen from him (which isn't exactly a high bar, I know 😭). He and Teresa Wright are so warm together; there's a scene where they're throwing roses at each other and laughing and fighting, and it just feels so sincere.

The pacing of this film is kinda horrendous though, but fortunately the heartbreaking final act makes up for it!