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Join us on Wednesday, October 21 @ 1 p.m

This month’s Midweek Movie is a lavish drama from 2015 about a young woman, her evil stepmother, conniving stepsisters, and her desire to dance at the ball. View the trailer here.

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Join us on Saturday, October 24 @ 1 p.m.

Film Club’s selection this month is a noir drama about a struggling screenwriter implicated in the murder of his neighbor. View the trailer here.

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Featured Actor: Jane Darwell


Actress Jane Darwell’s film career spanned from the silent era through Hollywood’s Golden Age. Her acting niche was playing maternal characters and sassy dames, two archetypes for which her full-figured presence seemed to be destined.

Darwell began film acting later in life. Her original ambition was to become an opera singer, a dream that she deferred out of respect for her prominent Missouri family’s patrician sensibilities. Darwell changed her last name to further distance her “unseemly” show business aspirations from her family.

She started out by treading the boards in live theater productions in Chicago, and in 1909, performed on Broadway in The Wedding Day. Her first film appearances were uncredited roles in silent films and small credited parts in so-called silent "shorts". In 1914, she made her full-length movie debut in Cecil B. DeMille’s Brewster’s Millions.

After appearing in William Seiter's Little Church Around the Corner in 1923, Darwell took a seven-year hiatus from Hollywood to go back to the stage. When she returned to films in 1930, as Widow Douglas in Tom Sawyer (starring Jackie Coogan as Tom), she easily transitioned to a well-regarded character actress. Among her film credits were supporting roles in six Shirley Temple movies. She also portrayed Dolly Meriweather, town gossip, in the decade’s blockbuster, Gone With the Wind.

In 1940, Darwell portrayed her best-known character, Ma Joad, in John Ford’s Grapes of Wrath. She was the embodiment of grit and steely determination in the face of brutal circumstances, and her impassioned portrayal of a Dust Bowl-era mother garnered her the 1941 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Another significant role for Darwell was Jenny Grier in William Wellman’s The Ox-Bow Incident. In this 1943 film, she played against her usual maternal type, portraying a hard-nosed, sarcastic frontierswoman. Darwell continued to work mostly in “B” movies, but also co-starred in memorable films such as John Ford's My Darling Clementine in 1946 and Wagon Master in 1950.

In the mid-1950s, Darwell appeared regularly on the new medium of television in programs such as The Ford Television Theatre. As her health declined, she worked less frequently. In 1958, she appeared in John Ford’s The Last Hurrah, a film that some saw as a thinly-veiled portrayal of Boston’s colorful mayor, James M. Curley.

Darwell retired to the Motion Picture Country Home in Los Angeles in the early 1960s. At the personal invitation of Walt Disney, she emerged from retirement to play a small role—the bird lady—in his 1964 production, Mary Poppins. This was Darwell’s last film.

Jane Darwell passed away at the Motion Picture Country Home in 1967 at age 87.

Check out Jane Darwell’s performances in these DVDs available at the Library:

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Fall Movies 2015!

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As the weather turns cooler, a whole new crop of films will be released to theaters. This fall, the choices run the gamut from sequels (The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials) to fresh perspectives on previous subjects (Steve Jobs). Moviegoers will have the chance to see some established stars, such as Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, and Johnny Depp, flex their dramatic muscles in new and challenging material.

Here's a list of fall movie must-sees, according to Gary Susman at

A Walk in the Woods (Sept. 2)

The Transporter Refueled (Sept. 4)

The Visit (Sept. 11)

Black Mass (Sept. 18)

Captive (Sept. 18)

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (Sept. 18)

Everest (Sept. 18)

Hotel Transylvania 2 (Sept. 25)

The Intern (Sept. 25)

The Walk (Sept. 30)

The Martian (Oct. 2)

Pan (Oct. 9)

Steve Jobs (Oct. 9)

Bridge of Spies (Oct. 16)

Crimson Peak (Oct. 16)

Goosebumps (Oct. 16)

Jem and the Holograms (Oct. 23)

The Last Witch Hunter (Oct. 23)

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (Oct. 23)

Rock the Casbah (Oct. 23)

Suffragette (Oct. 23)

The Peanuts Movie (Nov. 6)

Spectre (Nov. 6)

The 33 (Nov. 13)

By the Sea (Nov. 13)

The Secret in Their Eyes (Nov. 20)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2 (Nov. 20)

Creed (Nov. 25)

The Night Before (Nov. 25)

The Good Dinosaur (Nov. 25)

Victor Frankenstein (Nov. 25)

In the Heart of the Sea (Dec. 11)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Dec. 18)

Sisters (Dec. 18)

Joy (Dec. 25)

Holiday Movies!



The days and nights are getting colder, and soon the holiday season will be upon us! Grab a blanket, mix up a mug of hot chocolate, and curl up on the couch while you watch one of these films featuring holiday themes or settings.

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