Western Movie Matinee
Join us for these curated selections. Popcorn provided. Museum is admission-free to all on Wide Open Wednesdays courtesy of the Oklahoma Ford Dealers.
Taming the Wild West: Turn-of-the-20th Century Westerns
Most Hollywood Westerns are set during the territorial days of the 19th century, when more American land was under loose federal supervision than had yet been brought to heel by state governments. Film historian Elizabeth Anthony, President of Reel Classics, hosts this short examination of the small subset of Western films set at the turn of the 20th century, when progress began to encroach upon rural ways of life and “civilizing” influences began to tame the heretofore Wild West.
The Harvey Girls (1946)
Judy Garland and a cohort of young ladies arrive in Sandrock, Arizona, to open a Fred Harvey House, the first such restaurant in town. When its influences are felt beyond dinnertime, however, so too are efforts to squelch the competition. Also featuring John Hodiak, Ray Bolger, and Angela Lansbury, this Technicolor Western extravaganza reflects MGM musical-making at its finest. 102 minutes. Appropriate for ages 8+.