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Widmark Wednesday showcases whaling adventure

Published: Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 1:04 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — Princeton’s own Richard Widmark starred in no Christmas movies, but he did work with several stars from the 1946 classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Lionel Barrymore, who portrayed grouchy Mr. Potter, co-stars with Widmark in a special Widmark Wednesday event.

The 1949 movie will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, at the Princeton Public Library. Admission is free.

In a whaling adventure set in the 19th century, Widmark, portraying the new first mate, squares off against a cantankerous captain (Barrymore), whom the ship’s owners believe should retire. Child star Dean Stockwell portrays the captain’s grandson.

The film, Widmark’s fifth, is significant because it marked his successful departure from being typecast as a psychotic criminal.

The event will include an early celebration of the late Widmark’s 99th birthday, which would have been Dec. 26. Cake will be served.

Widmark, a 1932 Princeton High School graduate, acted in more than 70 movies from 1947 to 1991.

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