Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse and Texas Monthly have joined forces to present a statewide film series entitled “Rolling Roadshow,” in which beloved movies either made in Texas or about the state will screen at key locations. Fort Worth gets its entry with Howard Hawks’ 1948 horse opera Red River, about the founding of the Chisholm Trail. One of the straightest actors on the planet, John Wayne, co-stars with one of the gayest – the brilliant Montgomery Clift. The movie screens 6pm this Friday (June 17) on the lawn of the Livestock Exchange Building, 131 E Exchange Ave in the Stockyards. It’s free, but get there early as outdoor seating will be limited.
And speaking of subtext, real or imagined, Red River often sets contemporary audiences snickering with the scene in which John Ireland expresses a lusty admiration for Clift’s gun. If you don’t believe me, check it out.