What were moviegoers watching a half-century ago?
Well, a musical. A Western. A romantic comedy. And a based-on-real-life drama.
The film series The Summer of '62 gives today's audiences a chance to experience the movies they might have watched at their local theater 50 years ago. All screenings are on Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. throughout July 2012 in the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Admission is free.
That Touch of Mink (1962) on July 14
Businessman Cary Grant wants to mess around, but nice girl Doris Day is saving herself for marriage. Yes, folks, once upon a time things like this really happened. Unrated. 99 minutes
Ride the High Country (1962) on July 21
Sam Peckinpah directs this story of two aging ex-lawmen (Joel McRae, Randolph Scott) who sign on to guard a shipment of gold. One is incorruptible; the other wants to steal their cargo. Unrated. 94 minutes
The Bird Man of Alcatraz (1962) on July 28
Burt Lancaster earned an Oscar nomination for his performance as the real-life Robert Stroud, a convicted murderer who in prison became an expert on bird diseases. With Karl Malden and Thelma Ritter; directed by John Frankenheimer. Unrated. 147 minutes
Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.