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HIGH NOON

HIGH NOON

Do not forsake me, oh my darling / On this, our wedding day.” So goes the famous theme song, setting up the moral dilemma of Sheriff Will Kane (Gary Cooper) as he insists on defending his town from a gang of hooligans due on the noon train. Introduction from Belcourt board member H.G. Webb and programming director Toby Leonard

THE SEARCHERS

THE SEARCHERS

In this revered yet problematic Western staple, Ethan Edwards (John Wayne) returns home to Texas after the Civil War. When members of his brother's family are killed or abducted by Comanches, he vows to track down his surviving relatives and bring them home. Directed by John Ford. Introduction from Claire Sisco King, Vanderbilt University

RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY

RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY

An ex-union soldier (Randolph Scott) is hired to transport gold from a mining community through dangerous territory. But what he doesn't realize is that his partner and old friend (Joel McCrea) is plotting to double-cross him. Directed by Sam Peckinpah. Introduction from Se Young Kim, Vanderbilt University

William Wellman Double Feature: THE OX-BOW INCIDENT + YELLOW SKY

William Wellman Double Feature: THE OX-BOW INCIDENT + YELLOW SKY

Cattle thieves and mob mentality in small-town Nevada pair up with the sordid secrets of a small town in the Badlands in this stellar double-bill of 1940s Westerns directed by the great William Wellman. Introduction from Mae Moreno, Belcourt staff

MY DARLING CLEMENTINE

MY DARLING CLEMENTINE

Henry Fonda cuts an iconic figure as Wyatt Earp in John Ford’s multilayered, exceptionally well-constructed take on the legend of the O.K. Corral. 4K DCP RestorationIntroduction from Zack Hall, Belcourt staff

THE BALLAD OF CABLE HOGUE

THE BALLAD OF CABLE HOGUE

A hobo accidentally stumbles on a water spring and creates a profitable way station in the middle of the desert in Sam Peckinpah's light-hearted, rambunctious ode to the dying Wild West. Introduction from Se Young Kim, Vanderbilt University

RED RIVER

RED RIVER

John Wayne and Montgomery Clift head up Howard Hawks’ grand saga of the first cattle drive over the famous Chisholm Trail, with Wayne as a cattle baron whose single-mindedness threatens mutiny. Introduction from James Spence, Belcourt staff

THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE

THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE

Senator Ransom Stoddard returns to his dusty hometown for the funeral of small-time outlaw Tom Doniphon. In flashbacks, Stoddard tells the story of how, with Doniphon's help, he rose to political prominence after killing a feared gunslinger. Directed by John Ford. Introduction from Jennifer Fay, Vanderbilt University

THE SHOOTING

THE SHOOTING

In this eerie, existential Western directed by Monte Hellman, Warren Oates and Will Hutchins play a bounty hunter and his sidekick who are talked into leading a mysterious woman (Millie Perkins) into the desert on a murkily motivated revenge mission. Introduction from Se Young Kim, Vanderbilt University

RIO BRAVO

RIO BRAVO

John Wayne stars as John T. Chance, a small-town sheriff in the American West who enlists a cripple, a drunk and a young gunfighter to help hold the brother of the local bad guy in jail. Directed by Howard Hawks. Introduction from film critic Jason Shawhan

STAGECOACH

STAGECOACH

The quintessential tale of a group of strangers thrown together into extraordinary circumstances, John Ford’s smash hit and enduring masterpiece revolutionized the Western and established the genre as we know it today. 35mm print courtesy UCLA Film & Television Archive. Introduction from Amy Bertram, Belmont University

THE HIRED HAND

THE HIRED HAND

Hot off the success of EASY RIDER, Peter Fonda directs and stars as a drifter who, returning home to the wife he abandoned seven years ago (Verna Bloom), must leave again to rescue a partner (Warren Oates). Introduction from Jonathan Rattner, Vanderbilt University

ULZANA'S RAID

ULZANA'S RAID

An inexperienced young lieutenant (Bruce Davison) is assigned to track down a fierce Apache war chief and his men with the help of a veteran scout (Burt Lancaster) in this potent anti-Vietnam allegory from esteemed genre director Robert Aldrich. Introduction from Christopher Weedman, Middle Tennessee State University

BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK

BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK

Spencer Tracy stars as one-armed stranger John Macreedy, a World War II vet trying to find the father of the man who saved his life, in this taut CinemaScope drama about integrity in the face of bigotry. Directed by John Sturges. Introduction from Elyce Helford, Middle Tennessee State University

DAY OF THE OUTLAW

DAY OF THE OUTLAW

A vicious feud is festering between homesteaders and ruthless cattleman Blaise Starrett (Robert Ryan) in snowbound Bitters, Wyoming. But before tensions come to a head, a gang of thugs led by Jack Bruhn (Burl Ives) arrive and hold the town hostage. Introduction from Zack Hall, Belcourt staff

UNFORGIVEN

UNFORGIVEN

As both director and star, Clint Eastwood strips away decades of Hollywood varnish applied to the Wild West, and emerges with a series of harshly eloquent statements about the nature of violence. Introduction from Se Young Kim, Vanderbilt University

DESTRY RIDES AGAIN

DESTRY RIDES AGAIN

Tom Destry (James Stewart) is a lawman who doesn't like guns but is called to clean up an unruly town. Also starring Marlene Dietrich. Introduction from Lutz Koepnick, Vanderbilt University

THE NAKED SPUR

THE NAKED SPUR

Enlisting the help of an old prospector and a discharged Union soldier, bounty hunter Howard Kemp (James Stewart) seeks to bring a murderer (Robert Ryan) to justice. Introduction from Chris Clark, Middle Tennessee State University

THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD

THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD

In 1881, a younger member of the notorious James gang becomes so inextricably drawn to and frightened of his mentor that his own delusions of grandeur force him to consider doing the unthinkable. Introduction from film critic Jason Shawhan

Budd Boetticher Double Feature: THE TALL T + DECISION AT SUNDOWN

Budd Boetticher Double Feature: THE TALL T + DECISION AT SUNDOWN

Location, economy, and the manifestations of masculinity amid the frame of Technicolor CinemaScope mark the series of B-pictures that Budd Boetticher made with actor Randolph Scott in the latter half of the 1950s. Herein lie two of the greats, released within months of each other in 1957. Introduction from Kin Cosner, Vanderbilt University (retired)

SHANE

SHANE

Retired gunslinger Shane (Alan Ladd) rides into a small Wyoming town with hopes of quietly settling down as a farmhand, but gets drawn into a battle between the townsfolk and a ruthless cattle baron. Introduction from Will Brantley, Middle Tennessee State University

MEEK'S CUTOFF

MEEK'S CUTOFF

A wagon team of three families have hired a guide to take them over the Cascade Mountains in 1885. Lost, and suffering from hunger, thirst and fear, they encounter a Native American who forces them to reassess their guide. Directed by Kelly Reichardt. Introduction from Dawn Hall, author of Refocus: The Films of Kelly Reichardt

THE FURIES

THE FURIES

In this Freudian riff on King Lear, director Anthony Mann pits the relentlessly controlling cattle baron T.C. Jeffords (Walter Huston) against his firebrand daughter (Barbara Stanwyck) when a new woman enters his life. Introduction from Elyce Helford, Middle Tennessee State University

JOHNNY GUITAR

JOHNNY GUITAR

Arizona saloon-owner Vienna (Joan Crawford) hires her gunslinging ex-lover to help her keep threats from the locals at bay. Nicholas Ray’s “phony Western” is one of Hollywood’s strangest and most feminist, and a high point of both Ray and Crawford’s careers. Introduction from Mark Wollaeger, Vanderbilt University

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