Cooper Westerns screened

Jul 01, 2014
“Along Came Jones,” produced by and starring Gary Cooper, center, is a comic Western.

Rockland — Gary Cooper’s acting career spanned 36 years and his success cut across many film genres. He won Academy Awards for his performances in “Sergeant York” (1941) and “High Noon” (1952). During the month of July, local film buff Erika Pfander will host viewings of two of Cooper’s Western films at the Rockland Public Library as part of its Second & Fourth Thursday Film Series.

First up, July 10 at 6 p.m., is the comic Western from 1945, “Along Came Jones,” the only full-length feature film that Cooper produced. Melody Jones (Cooper), a cowboy, rides into town looking for work and the townspeople mistake him for the evil desperado Monte Jarrad (Dan Duryea). Jones lets all the special treatment go to his head until the real outlaw shows up looking for him.   The film also stars Loretta Young and William Demarest.

The second film is “High Noon” July 24 at 6 p.m. A retired marshal's wedding is interrupted when he learns a killer he had sent to jail will return to town on the noon train to seek revenge. He takes up his badge and guns again, alienating his new Quaker bride. The film stars Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell and Lloyd Bridges.

The screenings are in the downtown Friends Community Room of the library, located at 80 Union St. Special accommodations for persons with disabilities can be made with 48 hours notice by calling 594-0310. This is one in a continuing Thursday series of literary, film and cultural offerings sponsored by Rockland Public Library and Friends of the Rockland Public Library. Admission is free.

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

“High Noon” is one of the truly great Westerns, in no small part to the Oscar-winning performance of Gary Cooper.
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