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.
In Old Oklahoma (1943)
The oil boom and schoolteacher Martha Scott come to Sapulpa, Oklahoma, simultaneously and become sources of conflict between cowboy John Wayne and oilman Albert Dekker. In the new oil economy, some attitudes may have changed – for example, toward the Native Americans – but other basic elements of traditional Western conflicts, including action and adventure, remain firmly intact. 102 minutes. Appropriate for ages 10+.