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Musicals & Westerns


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

July list by Nanette Alderman
A Christmas Story Live
A Christmas Story Live!
Andy Walken, Maya Rudolph, Matthew Broderick, Chris Diamantopoulos, Ana Gasteyer, Tyler Wladis, Ken Jeong, David Alan Grier, Fred Armisen, Bebe Rexha, and Jane Krakowski, 2017, not rated 

A live musical event inspired by the perennial holiday movie favorite and the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical production. It follows nine-year-old Ralphie Parker, who dreams of finding a genuine Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun under the tree on Christmas morning. 

Presenting Lily Mars
Presenting Lily MarsJudy Garland, Van Heflin, Fay Bainter, Richard Carlson, and Spring Byington, 1943, not rated

Lily just knows she has the talent to light up the Great White Way, so when a big Broadway producer visits her hometown, she expends all the candlepower of her charisma to impress him. He's not impressed. He heads back to New York and Lily follows, thumbing her way east on what she's sure is a one-way trip to instant stardom.

Yankee Doodle Dandy
Yankee Doodle DandyJames Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf, Jeanne Cagney, Frances Langford, George Tobias, and Irene Manning, 1942, not rated 

A nostalgic view of the golden era of show business and the man who made it glitter, George M. Cohan. His early days, triumphs, songs, musicals and romances.

BrimstoneDakota Fanning, Carice Van Houten, Kit Harington, and Guy Pearce, 2016, rated r

From the moment the new reverend climbs the pulpit, Liz knows she and her family are in great danger.

The Legend of 5 Mile Cave
The Legend of 5 Mile CaveAdam Baldwin, Jeremy Sumpter, Jill Wagner, Jet Jurgensmeyer, Alexandria Deberry, Randy Wayne, William Shockley, and Tom Proctor, 2019, not rated 

A boy enchanted with the Old West unblocks a mystery that could save the family farm. A mysterious drifter arrives to rent a room, then forms a bond with the boy with breathtaking stories of a legendary gunslinger accused of a fabled stagecoach robbery. The truth is revealed when a crooked lawman appears, hot on trail of the long-lost gold.

Red Ryder Westerns
Red Ryder WesternsJim Bannon, Don Reynolds, and Emmett Lynn, 2019, not rated 

The Red Ryder movies were based on the character created by Fred Harman for his newspaper comic strip, which ran from 1938 to 1964. This collection features all four of the Cinecolor Red Ryder movies (the only produced in color!): Ride, Ryder, Ride!; Roll, Thunder, Roll!; The Fighting Redhead; and The Cowboy and the Prizefighter.

The Roaring West
The Roaring WestBuck Jones, Muriel Evans, Frank McGlynn, and Walter Miller, 1935,
not rated 

The show was Universal's 27th sound-era serial and the second of the five serials Buck Jones made at Universal. The opening chapter of this serial, 'The Land Rush,' finds cowpunchers Montana Larkin and Jinglebob Morgan riding into new territory to join an impending land rush. They carry a mail-order catalog hiding a map giving the location of valuable mineral deposits in the land-rush territory. They stop at the ranch of Jim Parker where Montana saves Parker's daughter Mary from a wild horse.