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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.
Rooster Cogburn (And the Lady) (1975)
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+.