Western Movie Matinee on Wide Open Wednesday
Western Movie Matinees on Wide Open Wednesdays
Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater
Join us for these curated selections made possible with support from an anonymous donor and Oklahoma City University’s Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film & Literature. Popcorn provided. Museum admission free to all on Wide Open Wednesdays courtesy of the Oklahoma Ford Dealers.
The Civil War and the Western Homefront
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 battles, the Western homefront was nevertheless troubled by hardship, violence, and divided loyalties. Film historian Elizabeth Anthony, Reel Classics president, hosts this short examination of insightful, moving films depicting the Civil War’s impact on home life in the American West.
Dark Command (1940)
Visiting Texan John Wayne is caught in the chaos as violence erupts in Bleeding Kansas. Romantic entanglement with Claire Trevor further complicates matters, but traveling dentist Gabby Hayes helps lighten the mood. Directed by Raoul Walsh and co-starring Walter Pidgeon and Roy Rogers, this Western drama was nominated for two Oscars. 94 minutes. NR. Appropriate for ages 10+.