- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: Not Rated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 7 hours, 38 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: May 31, 2005
- Originally Released: 1939
- Label: Universal Studios
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Contains 5 Gary Cooper feature films on 2 DVDs.
- Box Set
- Dual Side
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Disc 1: DESIGN FOR LIVING/PETER IBBETSON/THE GENERAL AT DAWN
Disc 2: BEAU GESTE/THE LIVES OF A BENGAL LANCER
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Five films from the height of the great actor's career are collected in the GARY COOPER COLLECTION.
DESIGN FOR LIVING: Comedic master Ernst Lubitsch directs Cooper, Frederic March, and Miriam Hopkins in this surprisingly racy romantic comedy. Hopkins finds herself in love with both men, so she decides to move into their apartment with them. The two men vow that neither will attempt to seduce her, but how long can they stay true to their pledge' This film was produced in the "Pre-Code" era of Hollywood, before the industry restricted its content, and as a result is full of double entendres and sexual innuendo.
PETER IBBETSON: This romantic period drama was acclaimed by surrealists when it was released in 1935. Cooper stars in the titular role, an architect who travels to meet with the Duke of Towers and receive a commission from him. He discovers that the Duchess (Ann Harding) is a childhood sweetheart, and as Ibbetson undertakes his project, he and the Duchess renew their love affair. But because of her marriage and position the romance seems doomed for tragedy.
THE GENERAL DIED AT DAWN: Gary Cooper stars as O'Hara, an American soldier of fortune carrying gold across China to finance the purchase of weapons which will fuel a popular uprising against vicious warlord, General Yang (Akim Tamiroff). However he hadn't planned on falling in love with the daughter (Madeleine Carroll), of one of Yang's agents.
BEAU GESTE: The theft of an enormous gem, the Blue Water, sends the three notoriously adventuresome Geste brothers into the French Foreign Legion. Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, and Robert Preston boldly play the three loyal siblings who have taken the rap to save the female culprit. Assigned to a desert command, they suffer cruelties under the heavy hand of Sergeant Markoff (Brian Donlevy) and then come upon a mysterious tragedy at their fort. Produced in a giant sweep with hard-edged realism by director William Wellman, this version of BEAU GESTE is the classic one.
THE LIVES OF A BENGAL LANCER: Gary Cooper, Franchot Tone, Richard Cromwell star as a trio of gallant British officers ordered into India. Their mission is to put down a rebellion in the northern part of the country, and in the process must struggle with each other and their own internal conflicts. Nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.