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Movie @ the KOH “Indians, Outlaws, Marshalls, and the Hangin Judge”

July 8, 2023 @ 2:00 pm

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One event on July 8, 2023 at 6:00 pm

This year the King Opera House is be offering a series of movies from the Fort Smith Film Festival. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is suggested. Please note that these independent movies are not rated.

Indians, Outlaws, Marshals and the Hangin’ Judge

While set in the late 19th century, the stories documented in this film resonate today: gun violence, racial strife, police brutality and American Indian rights. This is a true tale of Indian removal, crime, capital punishment and a charismatic federal judge who sentenced scores of felons to “hang by the neck until you are dead.” Outlaw gangs hid from the law in lands given to native people, until Indian Territory was taken away and turned back to settlers. Told in first person using the actual words written by St. Louis Republic newspaper reporter Ada Patterson in September 1896, this real-life story is set in and around Fort Smith, Arkansas, in the same time and place as the fictional Western novel and film, True Grit. Patterson narrates, much as Mattie Ross tells the story in the Charles Portis classic. With careful and honest detail to the words and visual history of the era, we re-create Patterson’s interview with Judge Isaac Parker, the infamous “hanging Judge,” conducted on the date (September 1, 1896) Parker’s court was stripped by Congress of its jurisdiction over Indian Territory. Parker, who was dying of kidney disease, tells Patterson a gripping tale of his court, and his view of American Indians: “Twenty-one year’s experience has taught me they are a religiously inclined, law-abiding, authority-respecting people,” and of the “brutes” who stood trial before his bench. “


July 8, 2023
2:00 pm


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