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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.
Though it was sometimes at the vanguard of westward expansion, while at other times a relative latecomer, religion motivated and inspired American pioneers and settlers in the West just as it had their colonial forefathers. But, religious leaders on the frontier faced unique challenges, a fact explored in these Hollywood depictions of frontier clergy life – some thought-provoking, some laugh-provoking, but adventures all. Film historian Elizabeth Anthony, Reel Classics’ president, provides introductions and commentary.
Brigham Young (1940)
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+.