Hickory – Join us at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library with WHKY film critic Joe Barrett to watch and then discuss classic murder mystery films on select Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. The remaining films are Murder at the Gallop (1963) on September 24 and The Night of the Hunter (1955) on October 8. After watching each film, Barrett will lead a discussing including some details behind the production of the films and about those involved.

The next film in the series is Murder at the Gallop from 1963. This film was the second of four films made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) that were based on author Agatha Christie’s character, Miss Jane Marple. It was directed by George Pollock and stars Dame Margaret Rutherford as the grey-haired, wily sleuth Miss Marple. Murder at the Gallop has Miss Marple investigating four relatives who are heirs of an estate of an old man appearing to have been “frightened to death” by a cat.

The facilitator Joe Barrett became addicted to movies in 1963 upon seeing From Russia, with Love. He had access to a large number of movie theaters in both NJ and NY, where he saw hundreds of films throughout the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Barrett was a Division Manager of 12 theaters and a drive-in for several years, worked as a production assistant and cameraman in motion pictures, TV shows, commercials, and even made Amos Famous in his first cookie commercial. He is currently doing weekly movie reviews on 1290 WHKY/102.3 FM which is in its 19th year and has interviewed many TV and film personalities. He has addressed the movie business for various Rotary Clubs and business meetings and resides in Hickory.

For more info., call 828-304-0500. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library, 375 3rd Street NE, Hickory. All library programs are free and open to the public.
Murder at the Gallop