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Saturday, March 9th @ 8:00 PM

Stagecoach (1939) – 80th Anniversary ScreeningDirector John Ford’s breakout western film follows 9 strangers traveling through dangerous territory. The films iconic representation of the American West stars John Wayne as the fugitive Ringo Kid, and features landscapes from California, Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico; the most famous of which is Monument Valley. The mish-mashed group of individuals includes Claire Trevor as Dallas, an outcast prostitute, Thomas Mitchell as alcoholic Doc Boone, mother-to-be Lucy Mallory, played by Louise Platt, and Donald Meek a whiskey salesman Samuel Peacock.

John Wayne in Stagecoach

Drama runs high in this intense western filled with action and tension. The film received nominations for Best Picture, Director, Cinematography, and Film Editing while winning Best Music Scoring, and Thomas Mitchell earned Best Supporting actor for the film. Orson Welles prepped for Citizen Kane by watching Stagecoach more than 40 times. The film is regarded as one of the most influential and important western movies of all time. Unfortunately the original film negatives have been lost, but John Wayne retained a single positive print which had never been used which he permitted in 1970 to be used to restore the film and create a new negative.

Doors: 7:00 pm
Organ Overture: 7:30pm
Showtime: 8:00 pm

Tickets: $5.00

Mildred Pierce

Saturday, March 23rd @ 8:00 PM
Mildred Pierce (1945) – A Joan Crawford Birthday Party
Joan Crawford’s outstanding performance in the 1945 film noire crime movie won her Best Actress during the Academy awards. Mildred Pierce, based on the novel with the same name by James Cain, features a flashback narrative under the frame story surrounding the murder of Mildred’s second husband,  Monte Beragon , played by Zachary Scott. When Mildred Pierce’s first, out-of-work husband leaves her for another woman, Mildred decides to raise her two daughters, the elder social climber and aspiring musician Veda (Ann Blyth) and tomboy Kay (Jo Ann Marlowe) on her own. Mildred’s baking skills and desire to provide for her daughters lead to complicated situations and relationships involving class, gender roles, and wealth. In the midst of a police investigation after the death of her second husband, Mildred must evaluate her own freedom and her complicated relationship with her daughter.

Director Michael Curtiz tried to find any other leading actress to fill the role of Mildred Pierce, including Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, Olivia de Havilland, and Joan Fontaine. After being convinced by Crawford’s audition, she was cast in the role. Tensions continued and required that producer Jerry Wald act as peacemaker during the making of the move.

Doors: 7:00 pm
Organ Overture: 7:30pm
Showtime: 8:00 pm

Tickets: $5.00
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