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