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Musicals & Westerns


Movies are checked out for one week - unlike music and books.

January list (no new titles) by Nanette Alderman
Check out one of these all-time great movies!
Singing in the Rain
Singin' in the Rain
Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen, and Rita Moreno, 1952, rated g

Silent movies are giving way to talking pictures, and a hoofer-turned-matinee idol is caught in that bumpy transition, as are his buddy, prospective ladylove, and shrewish costar.

West Side Story
West Side StoryGeorge Chakiris, Rita Moreno, Richard Beymer, and Natalie Wood, 1961,
not rated

Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy. 

The Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of OzFrank Morgan, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Margaret Hamilton, and Judy Garland, 1950, not rated

One minute Dorothy and her dog Toto were home in Kansas, and the next they were teaming up with the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man, and Scarecrow to save the magical land of Oz from the Wicked Witch.

The Sound of Music
The Sound of MusicJulie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn, and Peggy Wood, 1965, rated g

Maria, a spirited young woman leaves the convent to bring love and music to the home of Captain von Trapp and his seven children.

CabaretJoel Grey, Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, and Marisa Berenson, 1972, rated pg

With Hitler rising to power and anti-Semitism growing, the Cabaret is the only place to hide.

Once Upon a Time in the West
Once Upon a Time in the WestCharles Bronson, Jason Robards Jr., Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Jack Elam, and Keenan Wynn, 1969, rated pg-13

Frank is a ruthless murderous psychopath who suffers no conscience pangs after annihilating an entire family, and then leaving another man to be falsely accused of the slaughter. 

The Searchers
The SearchersJohn Wayne, Natalie Wood, Jeffrey Hunter, and Vera Miles, 1956, not rated

An ex-Confederate soldier searches for his niece, captured by Comanches who massacred his family.

Red River
Red RiverJohn Wayne, Montgomery Clift, and Joanne Dru, 1948, not rated

Thomas Dunson, a tyrannical Texas rancher, is driving his cattle to Red River when his adopted son, Matthew, turns against him.

High Noon
High Noon
Grace Kelly, Gary Cooper, Lloyd Bridges, Lon Chaney, Jr., and Lee Van Cleef, 1952, not rated

Just-married lawman Will Kane is about to retire as a small-town sheriff and begin a new life with his bride when he learns that gunslinger Frank Miller is due to arrive at high noon to settle an old score. Kane seeks assistance from deputies and townsfolk but soon realizes he'll have to stand alone in his showdown with Miller and his henchmen.

ShaneJack Palance, Alan Ladd, and Jean Arthur, 1953, not rated

A retired gunfighter defends frightened homesteaders from a greedy landowner.