Western Movie Matinees

Western Movie Matinees

Wednesdays, now through November 14
1:00 p.m., Dub & Mozelle Richardson Theater.
Join us for these curated selections. Popcorn provided. Museum is admission-free to all on Wide Open Wednesdays courtesy of the Oklahoma Ford Dealers.

The Civil War and the Western Homefront Series

Often described in simplistic North-versus-South terms, the American Civil War was more complicated in the West, and so was its aftermath. Removed from most of the official fighting, the Western Homefront was nevertheless troubled by hardship, violence, and divided loyalties.  Film historian Elizabeth Anthony, president of Reel Classics, hosts this short examination of insightful, moving films depicting the Civil War’s impact on home life in the American West.



November 14 – The Proud Rebel (1958)

Post-war prejudices complicate the life of single father Alan Ladd as he tramps the back roads of Illinois seeking medical help for his son. Meanwhile, farmer Olivia De Havilland endeavors to hold her own against the chauvinism and narrow-mindedness of her similarly prejudiced sheep herder neighbors. Ladd’s real-life son David also stars in this affecting, oft-overlooked drama directed by Michael Curtiz. 103 minutes.  NR. Appropriate for ages 10+.