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Library to show classic film

The 1949 Walt Disney nostalgia classic, “So Dear to My Heart,” will be shown at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the Waupaca Area Public Library.

Dr. Jack Rhodes will introduce the film and discuss Walt Disney’s personal reasons for bringing this particular story to the screen.

The movie is based on a popular book of the 1940’s, “Midnight and Jeremiah,” by children’s author Sterling North.

Rhodes said Disney hired John Tucker Battle, a veteran of many Hollywood rewrites, to adapt the book to the screen and make room for several animated sequences within the plot.

The film was directed by Harold Schuster (“My Friend Flicka,” “Courage of Black Beauty”) with the animation direction by Hamilton Luske.

“So Dear to My Heart” stars Bobby Driscoll as Jeremiah Kincaid, a small boy growing up in 1903 Indiana and whose dream is to enter his pet black lamb in the competition at the county fair. Driscoll, Rhodes notes, would go on to win a Special Academy Award as Best Juvenile Actor of 1949 for his roles in both this picture and “The Window,” a film noir thriller.

Also featured in the cast are the actor and balladeer Burl Ives, Beulah Bondi, Luana Patten and Harry Carey, a former star of early Westerns who makes his final film appearance, as a sympathetic livestock judge.

Admission is free and open to the public. Complimentary popcorn, sodas and theater treats will be provided. For more information, call the library at 715-258-4414.

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