The Friends of the Thomaston Public Library hosts a weekly series of films in Room 208 of the Thomaston Academy Building, 60 Main St./Route 1. The Friday night movies are screened at 7 p.m. For August, the theme is Courtroom Drama.

The month’s series will continue Aug. 19 with “The Incident.” In this made-for-TV drama set in 1944, small-town lawyer Harmon Cobb (Walter Matthau) must defend the most hated man in town — a man who represents pure evil — when Cobb’s friend Doc Hansen (Barnard Hughes) dies at the local POW camp and a Nazi prisoner is accused of his murder. Cobb, whose son is overseas fighting for the allies, is talked into representing the accused. The town is out for blood, but Cobb finds evidence that may prove the man’s innocence. Harry Morgan co-stars.

Directed by Joseph Sargent, “The Incident” was filmed in 1990, is nonrated and runs 98 minutes. The August series will conclude Aug. 26 with “12 Angry Men.”

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. The Academy building is handicap accessible by the elevator off the rear parking lot. The Hallway Books bookshop will be open on the first floor before the movie. For more information, call 354-2453.

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