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03 October 2013

Who let 'The Killer Shrews' out?

Guild brochure280The red carpet was rolled out, a golden Oscar standee was in place and around 135 members and guests of The Guild of Dallas Heritage Village filled the Lakewood Country Club ballroom Wednesday for the Guild's Annual Fundraiser Luncheon.

I was honored to be the guest speaker, performing my "Lights, Camera, DALLAS!" presentation celebrating movies made in and around Dallas over the years.  So a big thanks to Guild members Carol Campbell, Lucy Blachly, Rae Marquis and Gary Smith and Scott, the Lakewood Country Club audio-visual guru, who made my part of the event a joyous experience.

Some of the Dallas movie titles might surprise you, like the football comedy "Semi-Tough" of 1977 or even the violence-laced "Bonnie and Clyde" of 1967, which comes complete with a banjo-picking movie score featuring bluegrass maestros Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs.

No Dallas-made flick got a more vocal reaction than the one featured just below, though.  Click the button to revisit Dallas film-making circa 1959.


You are for whom the school bell tolls

The Brookhaven College school bell is ringing for my "Movies Set in the Lone Star State" series of classes that begin Oct. 15. 

Don't miss your chance to see some terrific films set in Texas.  Call and register today!

Here's the official class listing:


Movies Set in the Lone Star State

SRCZ 1000-21103                                                      Cost:  $25                                                           Ratliff

Tuesday           12-3 p.m.                     10/15-11/12                             M116

Book cased by two big-screen treatments about the fall of the Alamo, this Texas-based series includes "Tender Mercies," "Hud" and "Places in the Heart."  Learn the vast differences between John Wayne's Davy Crockett in the 1960 "Alamo" and Billy Bob Thornton's in 2004.  See Robert Duvall at his finest in "Tender Mercies" and Paul Newman as the worthless son you'll love to hate as "Hud."  Also, find out what prompted Sally Field's "You like me" outburst at the Academy Awards in 1985.

To register and find out more contact:

DeBorah Whaley-Stephenson, M203

Brookhaven College Students 50plus




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