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October 2019

Western Movie Matinees: Laughing Out Loud – Blazing Saddles

Mel Brooks has become the master of parody of all genres in his TV shows and films ranging from The Producers (1967) and Young Frankenstein (1974) to Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993). In Blazing Saddles, Brooks creates nonstop humor, farce and slapstick with Oklahoma-born actor Cleavon Little as a black sheriff, along with a drunken deputy played by Gene Wilder. The two are hired by a group of shady characters trying to take over a small Western town through which they hope to run a railroad. 93 minutes. Appropriate for adults only.

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Western Movie Matinees: Frontier Clergy – Stars in my Crown

After the Civil War, pistol-packin’ parson Joel McCrea brings his guns and the gospel to a small Western town rife with sin and saloons. Intent on building a church and joining the community, his challenges include finding the right role for faith in times of turmoil, and knowing how to intervene when members of his flock stray from the path. Reported to be a personal favorite of McCrea, this powerful drama co-stars Ellen Drew and a young Dean Stockwell. 89 minutes. Appropriate for ages 12+.

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November 2019

Western Movie Matinees: Frontier Clergy – Of Human Hearts

Called away from a prosperous eastern parish to bring the gospel to poor farmers in the Ohio River Valley in the early 19th century, reverend Walter Huston is prepared to make sacrifices for the sake of his work–but are his wife and son? Featuring Beulah Bondi and a young Jimmy Stewart, this still-timely family drama explores the value of vocation and the true spirit of sacrifice. 103 minutes.  Appropriate for ages 14+.

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Western Movie Matinees: Frontier Clergy – Brigham Young

Fleeing persecution, Latter-Day Saints church leader Brigham Young (Dean Jagger) leads a wagon train of Mormons west in search of a peaceful place to settle. But is it really to God’s revelation he is responding, or is it his own ambition? And are the hardships along the way signs of God’s displeasure?  Headlined by romantic leads Tyrone Power and Linda Darnell, what this film lacks in historical accuracy, it makes up in entertainment value. 114 minutes. Appropriate for ages 10+.

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Western Movie Matinees: Frontier Clergy – Rooster Cogburn (And the Lady)

The Indian Territory’s favorite uncouth marshal (John Wayne) sets off in search of outlaws who have stolen explosives from the Army, but he meets zealous missionary Katharine Hepburn instead. It remains to be seen whether she or the outlaws will prove to be his greater adversary. Excellent chemistry between two veteran stars makes for a delightful western adventure, the sequel to Wayne’s Oscar-winning performance in TRUE GRIT (1969). 108 minutes. Appropriate for ages 12+.

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