Drama, adventure, gunfights, greed, heroism, betrayal. It’s all there in the classic adventure film The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and it will be shown as the second of three films of the Odd Fellows Classic Film Festival series. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre will be shown on Sunday, November 16. The well-used catch-phrase “stinking badges” was originated in this film.

During the month of November, the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge are hosting three classic examples of the cinema arts, featuring American Westerns. The American Western is the unique invention and product of Hollywood, and the genre continues to be popular to this day. The three classic films will be shown at the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge Hall, Lower Hall, on the Lodge’s big screen – doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and showtime is 7:00 p.m. The Odd Fellows Lodge is located in Downtown Davis at 415 Second Street.

Well-known and respected Davis Enterprise film critic Derrick Bang will be on hand to introduce each film, and provide the back story that film aficionados appreciate.

John Huston wrote and directed The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. This quirky “neo-Western” and adventure film stars Humphrey Bogart in an unusual casting, moving into paranoia and insanity as the film progresses. Released in 1948, the film was one of the first to be shot outside the United States, in Mexico “on location”. The movie includes gold, greed, Banditos, Federales, and more. And the film takes some twists and turns, some expected and some surprising.

The final screening, on November 23, will feature the quirky comedy-Western Cat Ballou. Released in 1965, this classic film stars Jane Fonda in the title role, as well as Lee Marvin, who received an Oscar at the Academy Awards presentation for “Best Actor”. The film includes gunfighters, ranchers, train robbers, outlaws, and Western justice. The first film shown in the Classic Film Fest was Stagecoach, starring John Wayne in his starring debut.

The classic movies presented by the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge are a public service to support the history of cinema. The public is cordially invited to these classic screenings. Admission is free, but donations at the door to benefit community and charitable groups are gratefully accepted. The Odd Fellows will also have popcorn, soft drinks, wine and beer, and mixed cocktails available for attendees at reasonable prices.

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