Thelma Todd was one of the women in Gary Cooper's life. They made a movie together.
Nevada (1927 film)
|Directed by||John Waters|
|Based on||Nevada (novel)|
by Zane Grey
|Cinematography||Charles Edgar Schoenbaum|
|Studio||Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Running time||7 reels, 6,258 ft|
Nevada still survives in a complete copy, but the films appearance is not the best, due probably to poor preservation. It is possible to make out scenes, but not as well as other highly restored silent films. This was a very early Western role for Gary Cooper, but his fame in Westerns would be more noticeable in talking pictures.
PlotA feared gunfighter named Nevada (Gary Cooper) breaks his friend Cash Burridge (Ernie Adams) from the Lineville jail. When they reach the town of Winthrop, the two men decide to take respectable jobs on a ranch owned by Ben Ide (Philip Strange), an Englishman they rescued from Cawthorne's gang of cattle rustlers. Fearing the rustlers, Ide hires Nevada to protect his sister, Hettie (Thelma Todd), angering the ranch foreman, Clan Dillon (William Powell), who is in love with Hettie.
The villainous foreman spreads a rumor of his rival's dark past to the sheriff, and soon Nevada and Cash join up with Cawthorne's gang in order to escape the sheriff. Unknown to Nevada, Cawthorne's gang takes its orders from Dillon, who is the leader of the rustlers. During a raid, Dillon shoots both Cash and Cawthorne, but Nevada learns of his treachery from his dying pal. Later in a confrontation, Nevada is wounded by Dillon but is saved by the arrival of the posse and the evidence given by the wounded Cawthorne against the leader. With his reputation restored, Nevada is free to marry Hettie.
- Gary Cooper as Nevada
- Thelma Todd as Hettie Ide
- William Powell as Clan Dillon
- Philip Strange as Ben Ide
- Ernie Adams as Cash Burridge
- Christian J. Frank as Sheriff of Winthrop
- Ivan Christy as Cawthorne
- Guy Oliver as Lineville Sheriff
- Jim Corey as Bearded Henchman (uncredited)
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Thelma Todd's picture was later used on the cover of a magazine that had a story about "The women in Gary Cooper's life",
but she was not actually mentioned in that story. Thelma Todd doesn't seem to have had a lot to do with Gary Cooper after the filming of NEVADA, but he was involved with the Countess DiFrasso and Lupe Velez, both of whom have a part in histories of Hollywood's Unsolved Mysteries.
NEVADA ( Novel )