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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.
Of Human Hearts (1938)
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+.