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Gary Cooper Recipe: Buttermilk Griddle Cakes

Gary Cooper Recipe

Gary Cooper Recipe: Buttermilk Griddle Cakes

A Gary Cooper recipe; or, that is, one of his favorites from his mom.

Mr. Gary Cooper borrowed this recipe from his mother, Mrs. Charles Henry Cooper. These griddle cakes were a feature of the Cooper ranch in Montana.

Buttermilk Griddle Cakes Recipe

Griddle cakes made from buttermilk have an unusually good flavor and are more tender than those made with plain water or milk.

  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup sweet cream
  • 1 egg, well beaten
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons granulated cornmeal
  • 2 cups flour

Mix ingredients together in order given. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a greased, hot griddle. Cook on one side and when puffed, full of bubbles and well cooked on edges, turn and cook on other side.

Serve with butter and maple syrup.

Gary Cooper and His Mother

Gary Cooper Recipe from Mom

A Bit About Gary Cooper

Dad was a true Westerner, and I take after him“, Gary Cooper told people. Dad was Charles Henry Cooper, who left his native England at 19, became a lawyer and later a Montana State Supreme Court justice. In 1906, when Gary was 5, his dad bought a 600-acre ranch that had originally been a land grant to the builders of the railroad through that part of Montana. In 1910, Gary’s mother, who had been ill, was advised to take a long sea voyage by her doctor. She went to England and stayed there until the United States entered World War I. Gary and his older brother Arthur stayed with their mother and went to school in England for seven years. Too young to go to war, Gary spent the war years working on his father’s ranch. “Getting up at 5 o’clock in the morning in the dead of winter to feed 450 head of cattle and shoveling manure at 40 below ain’t romantic“, said the man who would take the Western to the top of its genre in High Noon (1952).

I think the most surprising trivia fact about Gary Cooper is the following:

In the early 1930s his doctor told him he had been working too hard. Cooper went to Europe and stayed a lot longer than planned. When he returned, he was told there was now a “new” Gary Cooper–an unknown actor needed a better name for films, so the studio had reversed Gary Cooper’s initials and created a name that sounded similar: Cary Grant.

Source: Gary Cooper Bio on IMDB

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Return of Draw Egan

Return of Draw Egan

The Return of Draw Egan Silent Movie

The Return of Draw Egan is an old, silent movie that is still quite entertaining to watch, especially if you’re into the older film-making, the great directors of that time and the acting that really took acting skills! If you’re new to old-time entertainment, give it a chance¬† –¬† it’s more entertaining than one would think.

The Return of Draw Egan is a 1916 silent era western drama motion picture starring William S. Hart, Louise Glaum, Margery Wilson, Robert McKim, and J.P. Lockney.

Hart plays Draw Egan, a bandit leader who narrowly escapes the long arm of the law thanks to some quick thinking and a secret trap door. His partner in crime, Arizona Joe (Robert McKim), is not so fortunate and is arrested.

The film takes place in the American Wild West that helped to form America. Draw Egan is a notorious outlaw (played by Hart). His gang is chased by a posse of lawmen to his remote mountain cabin, where they are trapped. During a fierce shootout, Egan opens a trapdoor and they escape through a tunnel before the posse can overwhelm them.

With a bounty on his head, Egan turns up in the dangerous frontier range town of Yellow Dog. Presenting himself by the assumed name William Blake, he enters the saloon. The seductive dance-hall girl, Poppy (played by Glaum), uses her alluring wiles to entice and entertain him. He looks amused when he is challenged to fight by a rowdy barfly, then punches and finishes the man off with the one powerful blow. The townspeople are impressed. Believing Blake to be a strong and law-abiding man, they want him to be their new marshal. The reformist mayor, Mat Buckton (played by Lockney), hires him for the much avoided position to restore law and order and rid the town of the lawless gunmen who have nearly taken over.

You can watch the entire movie free on my Bit Chute channel! The picture below is a link that will take you right to the movie. Check it out – you just might find you enjoy it!

The movie is public domain, which means you can (from BitChute), share it, torrent it or add it to a playlist.

Happy Labor Day!

Return of Draw Egan
Return of Draw Egan

 

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Joel McCrea Movies Westerns and More

Joel McCrea

Joel McCrea Movies Westerns and More

Joel McCrea movies spanned far more than Westerns – and he was good at every role he played!

Joel McCrea was one of the great stars of American Westerns, and a very popular leading man in many non-Westerns as well. He was born November 5, 1905, and raised in the surroundings of Hollywood – South Pasadena to be precise. He grew to become 6-feet 2-inches tall! He had a full and successful career in movies and was one of the rare actors who had a good heart, and knew how to pass that goodness on, even while he played a tough cowboy on screen. He passed on October 20, 1990 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California.

By the late Nineteen-Forties, Joel McCrea Movies were mostly focused on Westerns. He made few non-Westerns thereafter. He was immensely popular in them, and most of them still hold up well today.

Joel McCrea Historical Facts

  • Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1969.
  • Joel McCrea was infamously modest about his own acting abilities, often bordering on a soft-spoken contempt.
  • He was married for 57 years to actress Frances Dee, who survived him.
  • He was regarded as one of the two best riders in Western films along with Ben Johnson, who had been a real cowboy.
  • McCrea raised his own horses, was a passionate outdoors man and large-scale rancher, invested wisely in livestock and real estate, was a staunch Republican and frugal millionaire.
  • Joel McCrea was a true boy scout – can you just imagine what he’d think of that organization today – allowing girls and those who think they’re girls?
  • He died on his 57th wedding anniversary.
  • McCrea met the real Wyatt Earp in Hollywood in 1928 and ended up playing the iconic lawman in 1955’s Wichita.” He later played Bat Masterson in “The Gunfight at Dodge City” in 1959.
  • McCrea admitted late in life that he made much more money in real estate investments than he ever did in movies.

Source of above Historical Facts: IMDB.

Joel McCrea Quote

“I always felt so much more comfortable in the Western. The minute I got a horse and a hat and a pair of boots on, I felt easier. I didn’t feel like I was an actor anymore. I felt like I was the guy out there doing it.” (1978)

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