Join us for a movie tribute to the late James Garner.
September 9 – Ultimate Gift – 2006 – 114 minutes
After the death of the oil tycoon Howard ‘Red’ Stevens (James Garner), his greedy family is gathered in the office of his lawyer, partner and friend Mr. Theophillis ‘Ted’ Hamilton and his associated Miss Hastings for the reading of the will. For his reckless and selfish grandson Jason Stevens, who hated him, Red assigns twelve apparently simple tasks called “gifts” – of work, money, friends, learning, problems, family, laughter, dreams, giving, gratitude, a day and love – challenging the playboy Jason to a journey of discoveries. When he meets the leukemic girl Emily and her mother Alexia, Jason changes his perspective of life and money, superseding the expectations of Red, improving and becoming a better man and receiving the ultimate gift from his wise grandfather.
September 16 – Support Your Local Sheriff – 1969 – 92 minutes
Armed with a wry sense of humor and a straight-shooting sidearm, James Garner fights for peace, justice and fun in this outrageous, irreverent and “very funny” (Los Angeles Times) farce co-starring Joan Hackett, Walter Brennan, Harry Morgan and Jack Elam. On his way to Australia, frontier opportunist Jason McCullough (Garner) stumbles into a small gold-rush town and decides to earn a little extra pocket money by accepting a temporary assignment as its sheriff. Happily applying himself to his new position, McCullough manages to turn the town derelict (Elam) into his deputy, outsmart the dreaded Danby clan (led by Brennan in a hilarious comic performance), and fend off the lusty advances of the mayor’s daughter (Hackett) all without breaking a sweat or dirtying his shiny black boots!
September 23 – Up Periscope – 1959 – 112 minutes
A Navy commando, Lt. (jg) Ken Braden (James Garner), is sent on a secret mission to photograph a Japaneses code book. He’s to be taken there aboard a submarine commanded by Paul Stevenson and then return without the Japanese knowing they have ever been there. Stevenson is a by-the-book captain who follows his operational orders to the letter. That approach had led to the death of a member of his crew on his last mission, and he’s lost the respect and support of his crew. Braden and Stevenson don’t quite hit it off at first but the eventually develop a respect for one another.