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1940 Civil War drama "Virginia City" at BYU film series Feb. 15

The 1940 Warner Bros. adventure “Virginia City” starring Errol Flynn, Miriam Hopkins, and Randolph Scott will have a one-time showing in the auditorium of the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University Friday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m.

Admission is free, but early arrival is encouraged as seating is limited. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. No food or drink is permitted in the auditorium. Children ages 8 and older are welcome.

The film is shown in connection with the library's "Voices of the Civil War" exhibit commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. It contains original period items from the vaults of L. Tom Perry Special Collections. 

The exhibit, located in the forecourt of Special Collections on the library’s first floor, runs through June 2013. The screening of “Virginia City” is sponsored by the Friends of the Lee Library and Special Collections.
 
“Virginia City” is a dramatization of a little-known episode of Civil War history in December 1864, when a group of Southerners — comprised of 73 men, women and children — attempted to take wagons full of gold from Virginia City, Nevada, on a long, winding and dangerous route to the government of the Confederacy to finance the South’s failing war effort.

Directed by Michael  (“The Adventures of Robin Hood,” “Casablanca”) Curtiz, “Virginia City” was given a big budget and the best studio talent in Errol Flynn as the Union officer who tracks down the wagon train led by Confederate officer Randolph Scott. Southerner Miriam Hopkins is central to the love triangle in this box office hit of 1940. Humphrey Bogart, at that time a mid-range talent at Warner Bros., plays the role of Murrel, the Mexican bandit. 

For more information, contact James D’Arc, (801) 422-6371, james_darc@byu.edu.

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