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Classic film series to screen at Eisenhower Library

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at 11:42 a.m.
  • Updated Thursday, March 7, 2013, at 6:25 p.m.

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene will mark the 60th anniversary of Eisenhower’s presidency with a series of classic Oscar-winning and nominated movies from 1953, his first year in office.

The free film series began Thursday. It will continue March 14 with “The Band Wagon,” a critically acclaimed MGM musical comedy. The film features Fred Astaire as an aging star of movie musicals trying to revive his career amid a clash of personalities in a troubled Broadway play.

On March 21, the series concludes with “Stalag 17,” featuring William Holden’s best-actor-winning performance as a prisoner in a World War II prisoner of war camp who is suspected of being an informant for the Nazis.

The showings will begin at 7 p.m. at the auditorium of the library, 200 S.E. Fourth St., Abilene, and will feature free soda and popcorn.

The film series is sponsored by Robert “Hank” Royer in honor of his grandfather, Paul H. Royer, a founder of the Eisenhower Foundation and a classmate of Eisenhower’s at Abilene High School.

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