Saturday, April 20, 2019

Rogers Rangers Movie Night in Ticonderoga

Northwest Passage Walter Brennan Spencer Tracy Robert YoungThe Ticonderoga Historical Society is set to open its 2019 free movie series with a showing of the classic Spencer Tracy film Northwest Passage on April 26th.

The 1940 early Technicolor film is based on the 1937 best-selling historical novel by the same name, authored by Kenneth Roberts, from a serialized version that had previously run in the Saturday Evening Post.  The film is set along the  New York and New Hampshire frontier during the French and Indian War including at Crown Point, Lake Champlain, and the Connecticut Valley.

The film also includes a fictionalized account of the raid by Rogers’ Rangers on the Indian village at Saint-François-du-Lac, Quebec (or Saint Francis, to the Americans troops), a settlement of the Abenakis. The village of St. Francis was burned in an attack on October 4, 1759.

Although set locally, the film was shot at western locations under sometimes dangerous circumstances.  It was one of the first films to be shot in Technicolor and the lush photography garnered it an Oscar nomination.

Northwest Passage will show on Friday, April 26 at 7 pm at the Ticonderoga Historical Society, 6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga. Free popcorn will be served.

Reservations are not necessary to attend the free program, but seats may be reserved by calling (518) 585-7868 or via e-mail to tihistory@bridgepoint1com.

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