Fred MacMurray Film Series Continues With ‘Callaway Went Thataway’


(Beaver Dam) There will be a special screening this Wednesday of a comedy western movie starring Fred MacMurray. Callaway Went Thataway will be shown at the Beaver Dam Community Library. MacMurray grew up in Beaver Dam and stars in the 1951 film alongside Dorothy McGuire and Howard Keel. Local historian Roger Noll says the movie centers around the craze of TV cowboy’s ala Gene Autry. During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, Noll said the film faced controversy when it was released. He says several famed actors including Roy Rogers and Hopalong Cassidy believed the film was mocking the cowboy genre. Noll says that was until Cassidy saw the film for himself and believed it was all in good fun. There will be two screenings of Callaway Went Thataway this Wednesday at 2pm and 6pm, both will be held in the library’s basement.