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August 2019

Western Movie Matinees : ¡Paseo! (Ride!) – In Old Arizona

Join us for these curated selections made possible with support from anonymous film fans. Popcorn provided. Free admission on Wide Open Wednesdays courtesy of the Oklahoma Ford Dealers. ¡Paseo! (Ride!): Caballeros, Vaqueros and Gauchos in American Films In an effort to explore the origins and evolution of the American cowboy from Europe and Africa to the Americas, Michael R. Grauer, McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture/Curator of Cowboy Collections and Western Art, presents four films about caballeros, vaqueros and gauchos in…

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Western Movie Matinees: ¡Paseo! (Ride!) – The Gay Caballero

Join us for these curated selections made possible with support from anonymous film fans. Popcorn provided. Free admission on Wide Open Wednesdays courtesy of the Oklahoma Ford Dealers. ¡Paseo! (Ride!): Caballeros, Vaqueros and Gauchos in American Films In an effort to explore the origins and evolution of the American cowboy from Europe and Africa to the Americas, Michael R. Grauer, McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture/Curator of Cowboy Collections and Western Art, presents four films about caballeros, vaqueros and gauchos in…

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Western Movie Matinees: ¡Paseo! (Ride!) – ¡Three Amigos!

Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short team up in this spoof about silent film cowboys who venture to a small Mexico town where they are mistaken for the real-life heroes they portrayed. 115 minutes. PG.

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Western Movie Matinees: ¡Paseo! (Ride!) – Ride, Vaquero!

After the Civil War, King Cameron (Howard Keel) moves to Texas, settles down with his wife (Ava Gardner) and purchases a cattle ranch. Life is disrupted when two outlaws, Rio and Esqueda, face a showdown over how to evict the new settlers in this action-packed story of mercy and betrayal. 90 minutes. Appropriate for ages 10+.

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September 2019

Western Movie Matinees: Girls with Guns – Annie Oakley

In this big-budget biopic, a young Barbara Stanwyck plays the famous female sharpshooter who gained worldwide fame in the late 19th century for her marksmanship and mythology. Co-starring Preston Foster and Melvyn Douglas, this rather urban Western provides an interesting look at the Wild West shows that captured imaginations in the decades before Western movies came along. 90 minutes. Appropriate for ages 8+.

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Western Movie Matinees: Girls with Guns – The Paleface

Only superficially related to her historical namesake, sharpshooting scout Calamity Jane (Jane Russell) throws in with frontier dentist “Painless” Peter Potter (Bob Hope) in this hilarious Western spoof with gags and one-liners that will have you smiling for days. 91 minutes. Appropriate for ages 8+.

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Western Movie Matinees: Girls with Guns – The Boy From Oklahoma

Aspiring attorney Will Rogers, Jr. wanders into town to mail a letter and quickly finds himself in a shooting match with local tomboy Nancy Olson. She disapproves of his laconic, lariat ways and he disapproves of her masculine attire, neither of which are the worst of their troubles – but almost. Directed by Michael Curtiz, this laidback Western features fun alongside very adequate action and adventure. 87 minutes. Appropriate for ages 8+.

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Western Movie Matinees: Girls with Guns – Arizona

Surviving as a woman on her own in Arizona Territory requires Jean Arthur to defy some conventions and redefine others. Undermined and overwhelmed by the likes of William Holden and Warren William, gun-toting is just one of the techniques she uses to beat the men at their own game in this spectacular Civil War Western adventure. 125 minutes. Appropriate for ages 8+.

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October 2019

Western Movie Matinees: Laughing Out Loud – The Gold Rush

Chaplin claimed this was his best film! It is one he wrote, directed and starred in as a tribute to the Klondike Gold Rush, as well as the real-life drama of the Donner group in the snowbound Sierra Nevadas. Chaplin combines tragedy and comedy with his traditional tramp character becoming a gold-digger. The Gold Rush was a huge hit throughout the world, blending fantasy, reality and memorable, comic moments. 95 minutes. Appropriate for ages 8+.

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Western Movie Matinees: Laughing Out Loud – Calamity Jane

Calamity Jane combines comedy and music with the historical character of Calamity Jane. Acted with lively energy by Doris Day, this Western turns into a romance when she marries the famous Wild Bill Hickok, played by Howard Keel. 101 minutes. Appropriate for ages 8+.

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Western Movie Matinees: Laughing Out Loud – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Commemorating the film’s 50th anniversary, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid stars Paul Newman as Butch Cassidy, who is full of ideas, and Robert Redford as the Sundance Kid, who is all action and skill. The film, based on the two real members of the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang, creates memorable laughter as changing times mean they cannot be the outlaws they once were and eventually end up in Bolivia. William Goldman’s clever script and George Roy Hill’s creative directing contributed to this world-wide success. 110 minutes. Appropriate for ages 13+.

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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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