Friday Night Film Series at Thomaston Public Library

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THOMASTON — The Friends of the Thomaston Public Library presents Friday Night Film Series at 6:30 p.m.

The February theme: Westerns.

 

February 1

Shane

1953 NR 118 Minutes

Enigmatic gunslinger Shane (Alan Ladd) rides into a small Wyoming town with hopes of quietly settling down as a farmhand. Taking a job on homesteader Joe Starrett's (Van Heflin) farm, Shane is drawn into a battle between the townsfolk and a ruthless cattle baron. Shane's growing attraction to Starrett's wife, Marian (Jean Arthur), and his fondness for their son Joey (Brandon de Wilde), who idolizes Shane, force Shane to realize that he must go up against the cattle baron.

 

February 8

Red River

1948 NR 133 Minutes

One of the finest westerns ever made, a monumental, sweeping and powerful masterpiece directed by Howard Hawks, according to a news release. In one of his best roles, John Wayne plays a Tex-as cattle rancher who adopts a young boy orphaned by a raid on a wagon train.

After coming of age, the son finds himself compelled to challenge his father during a 1,000-mile cattle drive.

Montgomery Clift (in his first role) plays the son.

Also starring frequent co-star, the lovable Walter Brennan.

 

February 15

Bad Day at Black Rock

1954 NR 81 Minutes

When John J. Macreedy (Spencer Tracy) steps off the train at the backwater hamlet of Black Rock, he inadvertently opens a Pandora's box of fear and suspicion. He's there to deliver a military award for heroism to a man whose son died earning the medal in World War II. But the town harbors an ugly secret – and will go to any lengths to keep it.

Robert Ryan, Anne Francis, Ernest Borgnine and Lee Marvin co-star in director John Sturges’s taut drama.

 

February 22

Rio Bravo

1959 NR 141 Minutes

When a gunslinger kills a man in a saloon, Sheriff John T. Chance (John Wayne) arrests him with the aid of his former deputy and now town drunk, Dude (Dean Mar-tin). Before long, the gunslinger’s brother, a wealthy land baron, hires gunmen and threatens to bust his brother out of jail.

Chance decides to make a stand, enlisting Dude, an old cripple named Stumpy (Walter Brennan) and baby-faced cowboy Colorado Ryan (Ricky Nelson) to help.

Event Date: 

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 6:30pm
Fri, 02/08/2019 - 6:30pm
Fri, 02/15/2019 - 6:30pm
Fri, 02/22/2019 - 6:30pm

Event Location: 

Thomaston Public Library