‘Bad Day’ a good flick

Jun 14, 2014
“Bad Day at Black Rock” offers a different take on the stranger-rides-into-town Western movie trope; pictured is Spencer Tracy.

Thomaston — Friends of the Thomaston Public Library presents its Friday Night Film Series with screenings weekly at the summer time of 7 p.m. in the community room of Thomaston Public Library in the Thomaston Academy Building, 60 Main St./Route 1. June’s movies are Westerns.

The June 20 is an unusual genre inhabitant, set as it is post-World War II. “Bad Day at Black Rock” from 1954 is nonrated and runs 82 minutes. When John J. Macreedy (Spencer Tracy) steps off the train at the backwater hamlet of Black Rock, he inadvertently opens a Pandora's box of fear and suspicion. He is there to deliver a military award for heroism to a man whose son died earning it. But the town harbors an ugly secret — and will go to any lengths to keep it in director John Sturges' taut drama. Robert Ryan, Anne Francis, Ernest Borgnine and Lee Marvin co-star.

This month’s schedule will conclude June 27 with “The Shootist” (1976, USA). Friday Night Films are open to the public and free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. Light refreshments will be served.

The Thomaston Academy building is handicapped accessible from the rear entrance. For more information, call the library at 354-2453.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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