The Friends of the Thomaston Public Library continues its series of films in Room 208 of the Thomaston Academy Building, 60 Main St./Route 1. The weekly films are hosted by movie maven Erika Pfander.

The Friday night movies for September are classic Hollywood Westerns. The firs film in this month’s series will be “High Noon” Sept. 3 at 6:30 p.m.

Retiring Marshal Will Kane (Gary Cooper) insists on defending his town from a gang of hooligans who are due on the noon train but he faces the task alone as the cowardly townspeople flee like rats from a sinking ship. Director Fred Zinnemann creates an incredibly tense Western, rightly considered one of the true genre classics, that unfurls in real time — as the clocks on the wall constantly remind us. Grace Kelly and Lloyd Bridges co-star. The theme music of “High Noon” became a classic, as well.

“High Noon” is 85 minutes long and was filmed in 1952. It is unrated. Upcoming this month are “Red River” Sept. 10, “Shane” Sept. 17 and “Duel in the Sun” Sept. 24.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the Hallway Books bookshop will be open in the hallway of the first floor. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. All screenings begin 6:30 p.m.

The building is handicapped accessible via the elevator off the parking lot. For more information, call the library at 354-2453.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to