Detroit Film Theatre


Saturday, March 24, 2012

4:00 PM

(USA/1959—directed by Howard Hawks)

Howard Hawks’ character-rich, classic myth of a western hangs on a plot that’s simplicity itself: small town sheriff John T. Chance (John Wayne) is housing a murderer in the town lockup, but the bad guy’s nefarious cohorts will do anything to bust him out. All Wayne has on his side are his cranky old coot of a jailer (Walter Brennan), a washed-up, alcoholic deputy with the shakes (Dean Martin), and an unproven kid whose coolness of manner has yet to be proved with actions (Ricky Nelson). There’s also a love interest for Wayne in the form of the great Angie Dickinson, who, despite her “fancy” trappings, may not be the bad girl she seems to be at first. The relaxed and wonderfully ingratiating screenplay by Jules Furthman (The Big Sleep, Only Angels Have Wings) and Leigh Brackett (The Long Goodbye, The Empire Strikes Back) is brought to life indelibly through Hawks’ lived-in, richly generous direction, which even finds time for a song or two, including Tony Soprano’s favorite, “My Rifle, Pony, and Me.” (141 min.)

Admission to all films in the "DFT 101" series is free to DIA member members and also free with paid museum admission. You need only show your membership card or admission ticket at the door. 
Saturday, March 24 at 4:00 PM