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Lee Library plans annual exhibit, screening of "Brigham Young" July 22 at BYU

An exhibition of vintage movie memorabilia and a screening of the classic 1940 epic movie "Brigham Young" will take place at the Harold B. Lee Library on the Brigham Young University campus.

The exhibit, "The Fox and the Lion: Darryl F. Zanuck's Brigham Young," will be on display the rest of July and all of August. It is free and the public is invited to attend.

The exhibit traces the production and publicity surrounding the release of "Brigham Young" and includes memorabilia from the movie such as posters and lobby cards, behind-the-scenes photographs and illustrated scripts given to LDS Church general authorities.

The movie at the center of the exhibit, "Brigham Young," will be shown Thursday, July 22, at 7 p.m. in the Lee Library auditorium as part of the exhibit.

Admission is free and early arrival is suggested due to limited seating.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. No food or drink is permitted in the auditorium and children must be at least 8 years old to attend.

Newspaper critics of the day hailed "Brigham Young" as a motion picture triumph in its plea for religious tolerance. The movie stars Tyrone Power as Mormon scout Jonathan Kent, Linda Darnell as "the Outsider," Vincent Price as Joseph Smith, John Carradine as Porter Rockwell and Dean Jagger as Brigham Young.

"Brigham Young" took two years to make, from 1938 to 1940, and cost about $2 million, one of the most expensive movies of the time. It chronicles the Mormon pioneer trek from Nauvoo, Illinois, to the valley of the Great Salt Lake in 1846-47.

The exhibit and showing of "Brigham Young" is sponsored by the L. Tom Perry Special Collections, the Friends of the Harold B. Lee Library and Dennis and Linda Gibson.

For more information, call Mike Hooper at (801) 422-6687.

Writer: Thomas Grover

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