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.
Stars in My Crown (1950)
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+.