Films on Friday: The Long Hot Summer (1958)

This melodrama, adapted from three short works by William Faulkner and starring Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Angela Lansbury, and Orson Welles, concerns the conflicts that erupt within the Varner family when an ambitious drifter arrives in their small Mississippi town. FREE. 

Films on Friday: Wild River (1960)

Directed by Elia Kazan and starring Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick, and Jo Van Fleet, this film concerns the battle between the Tennessee Valley Authority and generations-old landowners who resist the destruction of their farms to bring electricity to the rural South. FREE. 

Films on Friday: The Southerner (1945)

SRP Auditorium at the Morris Museum

Regarded as French director Jean Renoir’s “Hollywood masterpiece,” this film stars Zachary Scott and Betty Field and portrays the hardships of a poor family struggling to establish a cotton farm in Texas in the early 1940s. FREE.

Films on Friday: Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

SRP Auditorium at the Morris Museum

A romantic comedy to celebrate the holidays! It features Barbara Stanwyck as an unmarried magazine writer who pretends to be a New England farm wife and mother who falls in love with a returning war hero played by Dennis Morgan. FREE. 

Films on Friday: Lassie Come Home (1943)

SRP Auditorium at the Morris Museum

The first in a series of seven MGM films starring Lassie that spawned a long-running television show, this film stars eleven-year-old Elizabeth Taylor in support of fourteen-year-old Roddy McDowall in a story about the profound bond between a boy and his collie. FREE. 

Films on Friday: Sounder (1972)

SRP Auditorium at the Morris Museum

Starring Cicely Tyson and Paul Winfield (both of whom were nominated for Academy Awards) and supported by thirteen-year-old Kevin Hooks, Carmen Mathews, and Taj Mahal, the film concerns a family of sharecroppers struggling with economic deprivation and personal hardship at the height of the Great Depression. FREE.