The Non-Western Films of Director John Ford Screened at the Central Library in March
February 23, 2012
Say the words "John Ford" and what do you get? Most likely the mental image of John Wayne atop a horse and loping through spectacular Monument Valley.
But the truth is that Westerns made up only half of Ford's prodigious 50-year output in Hollywood. He tried his hand at just about every genre, from adapting literary classics to comedies, war pictures, romances, and adventures.
John Ford: Not a Cowboy in Sight is a series of nine Ford-directed classics showing at 6:30 p.m. Mondays and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays throughout March in the Stanley S. Durwood Film Vault of the Central Library, 14 W. 10th.
There are plenty of laughs, thrills and tears in this collection. But no cowboy hats. Sorry.
March 3: The Grapes of Wrath (1940: NR) with Henry Fonda in John Steinbeck's Dust Bowl epic.
March 5: Wee Willie Winkie (1937: NR), featuring Shirley Temple as the mascot of British soldiers in colonial India.
March 10: How Green Was My Valley (1941: NR) offers Walter Pidgeon and Maureen O'Hara in a story of Welsh miners.
March 12: Mogambo (1953: NR) delivers a three-way African romance with Clark Gable, Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly.
March 17: They Were Expendable (1945: NR) finds PT boat commanders John Wayne and Robert Montgomery battling the Japanese in the Philippines.
March 19: The Wings of Eagles (1957: NR) stars Wayne as Naval aviator Frank "Spig" Wead.
March 24: The Quiet Man (1952: NR) reteams Wayne and O'Hara in a fiery Irish love story.
March 26: Donovan's Reef (1963: NR) finds the island-dwelling Wayne feuding with his drinking buddy Lee Marvin.
March 31: Mister Roberts (1955: NR) offers Fonda reprising his Broadway role as an idealistic Navy officer stuck on a cargo ship.