By Roseanne Sutton
The Osage County Historical Museum’s Ben Johnson Film Festival will be held for one day only, June 11. Two family-friendly movies starring Ben Johnson will be shown at the historic Constantine Theater in Pawhuska.
“Chisum,” which will be shown at 2 p.m., with costars John Wayne and Forrest Tucker. “Chisum” is historical fiction loosely based on the Lincoln County War of 1878 in New Mexico territory, said Museum Manager Barbara Pease. Infamous characters as Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid are depicted in the film, she added.
The evening film, “Bite the Bullet,” will begin at 7 p.m. In this film, Ben Johnson’s co-stars are: Gene Hackman, Candace Bergen and James Coburn, among others. This film was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Sound Mixing and Best Music.
The Constantine Theater will open at 1 p.m. so that patrons may meet members of Ben Johnson’s family and view memorabilia on display.
Souvenirs and copies of the book “The Nicest Fella,” a biography about Johnson, will be available for purchase. The author, Richard D. Jensen, hopes to attend and be available to sign autographed copies of the book, which will be on sale for $35 each.
Concessions, such as freshly made popcorn, fountain sodas and candy, will be available at very reasonable prices.
Tickets for the two-film event, which include one free souvenir per ticket, are $15. Children 12 and under are free, when accompanied by a ticket-holding adult. The museum is asking patrons to purchase their tickets in advance, to facilitate planning.
A visit to the Constantine Theater is an event in itself. The opportunity to celebrate Pawhuska’s own Ben Johnson should not be missed.
This unique film festival will bring to the silver screen two classic movies and give patrons the opportunity meet the Johnson family, and celebrate one of Hollywood’s most talented actors.
For more information, call the OCHS Museum at 918-287-9119.