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.
Adventurer Richard Dix comes to experience the Oklahoma experiment firsthand and report on it for his newspaper, The Oklahoma Wigwam. His wife, Irene Dunne, is reluctantly along for the ride, eventually finding her voice and a role for women in the new state. Based on Edna Ferber’s novel, this modern Western not only recreates the Oklahoma Land Run, but also won the Academy Award for Best Picture. 123 minutes. Appropriate for ages 10+.