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 second film in this month’s series will be “Red River” Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m.

In one of the finest Westerns ever made, there is mutiny on the cattle drive when irascible, iron-fisted trail boss Tom Dunson (John Wayne) relentlessly brutalizes his drovers, causing adopted son Matt Garth (Montgomery Clift, in his first film appearance) to intercede and take charge. Tom vows vengeance for Matt’s unpardonable offense, leading to the quintessential showdown. Walter Brennan costars as the ornery camp cook in director Howard Hawks’ sagebrush saga.

“Red River” is 133 minutes long and was filmed in 1948. It is unrated. Upcoming this month are “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