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Musicals & Westerns


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

February list by Nanette Alderman
Back to the Beach
Back to the Beach
Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, and Lori Loughlin, 1987, rated pg

Break Dancing may have replaced The Twist in the intervening years, but Frankie and Annette still know how to have a good time as well as teach their 80s new-wave children a thing or two in the process. 

The Band Wagon
The Band WagonCyd Charisse and Fred Astaire, 1953, not rated

Fading movie musical star Tony Hunter, down and out in Hollywood, decides to try his luck on the Broadway stage.

Street Scene
Street SceneKurt Weill, 2019, not rated

The main plot of this collection of scenes from the streets of the lower East Side of New York revolves around Frank and Anna Maurant and their daughter Rose. A violent and tough character, Frank fails to see his wife's growing despair due to his lack of affection. When he discovers her with her lover, he shoots them both and goes to jail, leaving behind a heartbroken Rose who, after having experienced relentless harassment by two aggressive suitors, misses her one true chance at love.

This Could Be the Night
This Could Be the NightJean Simmons, Paul Douglas, and Anthony Franciosa, 1957, not rated

Anne Leeds is a schoolteacher looking for part-time work. She lands a job as a secretary at a nightclub, working for two partners: Rocco, a nice, decent type guy who has Anne's best interest at heart, and Tony, a handsome swinger for whom Anne falls, much to Rocco's chagrin.

Gordon of Ghost City
Gordon of Ghost CityBuck Jones, Craig Reynolds, Edmund Cobb, Ethan Laidlaw, Francis Ford, and Madge Bellamy, 1933, not rated

Cattle rustlers, a ghost town, and a mysterious man are at the center of this twelve chapter, action-packed, Pre-Code Universal movie serial. Hired by a rancher to discover who's been rustling his cattle, Buck Gordon finds himself also coming to the aid of a beautiful girl and her prospector grandfather, when their gold mine comes under the threat of being stolen by a mysterious villain.

Gunsmoke. The Eighteenth SeasonJames Arness, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis, Milburn Stone, and Glenn Strange, 1972, not rated

Avenging Marshal Matt Dillon removes his badge and rides after a brute who left Kitty near death. Newly finds true love. In a pair of light-hearted stories, Matt can’t seem to find a moment’s peace, and a little man riding a big horse swears he’ll change into an elephant at midnight.

Hell on the Border
Hell on the BorderDavid Gyasi, Ron Perlman, Chris Mullinax, Jaqueline Fleming, Gianni Capaldi, Zahn McClarnon, and Frank Grillo, 2019, rated r

The incredible true story of Bass Reeves, the first black U.S. Marshal in the Wild West. Having escaped from slavery after the Civil War, Reeves arrives in Arkansas seeking a job with the law. To prove himself, he must hunt down a deadly outlaw with the help of a grizzled journeyman. As he chases the criminal deeper into the Cherokee Nation, Reeves must dodge bullets and severe discrimination in hopes of earning his star, and ends up cementing his place as a cowboy legend.

Hudson River Massacre
Hudson River MassacrePamela Tudor, Luis Marin, and George Martin, 1965, not rated 

Victor, chief of the fur hunters, rebels and kidnaps the daughter of a ruthless landowner to use as a bartering tool.