May 15-May 18, 2024


Kick Off






All films shown at Violet Crown Uptown Dallas, 3699 McKinney Ave. Other events will take place at the locations and addresses specified below.

Additional Notes:
Specific details about parties will be distributed to Sponsors and Festival Pass holders in advance of the festival.

Board Members, Filmmakers will introduce film screenings and be available for select Q&As after screenings. Stay tuned for more details.

All film descriptions courtesy of IMDb.


Date TBD

Dallas Classic Film Festival 2024 Fest Kick-Off Party‍

Hosted by Four Corners Brewing Co.


7:00 p.m.

Anne & Steve Stodghill
VIP Event for Select Sponsors

Screening: TBD


One Movie

4:45 – 6:00 p.m.

Al Biernat’s
4217 Oak Lawn Ave

Opening Night Cocktails

6:45 p.m.
Panel Discussion
7:30 p.m. Screening

Violet Crown
3699 McKinney Ave

Special Guests-TBD

(1956 Dir: John Ford RT 1:59)

After a long three-year absence, the battle-scarred Confederate veteran of the American Civil War, Ethan Edwards turns up on the remote and dusty Texan homestead of his brother, Aaron. In high hopes of finding peace, instead, the taciturn former soldier will embark on a treacherous five-year odyssey of retribution, when the ruthless Chief Scar’s murderous Comanche raiding party massacres his family, burns the ranch to the ground, and abducts his nine-year-old niece, Debbie. Driven by hatred of Indians, Ethan and his young companion, Martin Pawley, ride through the unforgiving desert to track down their lost Debbie; however, is the woman they lost and the prisoner in Scar’s teepee still the same woman the searchers seek?

Introduction by Harry Hunsicker

9:45 – 11:00 pm

Canopy Hotel
Top Floor

Opening Night Meet-Up

FRIDAY MAY 17, 2024

Two Movies

5:00 p.m.

Violet Crown
3699 McKinney Ave


When Senator Ransom Stoddard returns home to Shinbone for the funeral of Tom Doniphon, he recounts to a local newspaper editor the story behind it all. He had scome to town many years before, a lawyer by profession te. The stage was robbed on its way in by local ruffian Liberty Valance, and Stoddard has nothing left to his name but a few law books. He gets a job in the kitchen at the Ericsons’ restaurant, where he meets his future wife Hallie. The territory y weds r is vying for Statehood and Stoddard is selected as a representative over Valance, who continues to terrorize the town. When he destroys the local newspaper office and attacks the editor, Stoddard calls him out, though the conclusion is not quite as straightforward as legend would have it.

Introduction by James Faust

7:30 p.m.

Violet Crown
3699 McKinney Ave

(1992 Dir: Clint Eastwood RT 2:10)

After escaping death by the skin of her teeth, the horribly disfigured prostitute, Delilah Fitzgerald, and her appalled and equally furious co-workers summon up the courage to seek retribution in 1880s Wyoming’s dangerous town of Big Whiskey. With a hefty bounty on the perpetrators’ heads, triggered by the tough Sheriff “Little Bill” Daggett’s insufficient sense of justice, the infamous former outlaw and now destitute Kansas hog farmer, William Munny, embarks on a murderous last mission to find the men behind the hideous crime. Along with his old partner-in-crime, Ned Logan, and the brash but inexperienced young gunman, the “Schofield Kid”, Munny enters a perilous world he has renounced many years ago, knowing that he walks right into a deadly trap; however, he still needs to find a way to raise his motherless children. Now, blood demands blood. Who is the hero, and who is the villain?

Introduction by Steve Stodghill

9:30 – 11:00 pm

Violet Crown
3699 McKinney Ave

Post-screening Party

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Four Movies

11:00 a.m.

Violet Crown
3699 McKinney Ave

(1960 Dir: John Sturges RT 2:08)

A remake of “The Seven Samurai”: Seven men are picked to defend a Mexican village from banditos that come every now and then to take whatever the town has grown since their last visit. When they are hired, they go to the town and teach the villagers how to defend themselves. When the leader of the bandits comes, they fight off him and his men. The second time he comes, the villagers give the seven to them, due to a heated argument. The leader of the bandits takes their guns and throws them out of town. He gives them horses and gives their guns back to them when they are far out of town. The seven decide that they aren’t going to run, and head back to the village for a final showdown.

Introduction by TBD

1:45 p.m.

Violet Crown
3699 McKinney Ave

(1969 Dir: Sam Pekinpah RT 2:15)

After a botched robbery attempt in Texas, Pike Bishop and his gang head south across the Rio Grande and into Mexico. They are being pursued by Deke Thornton and his men, made up of bounty hunters. They had been hired by the railroad to stop Bishop and his gang from robbing the rail depot and now have 30 days to track them down and kill them. Bishop and his men plan to spend only a short time in Mexico and then cross back into Texas to continue plying their trade. Their stay is lengthened however when they meet a violent Mexican general who wants them to rob a U.S. train carrying arms. They do so, but it leads to a violent and bloody final confrontation.

Introduction by TBD

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Violet Crown
3699 McKinney Ave


3:45 p.m.

Violet Crown
3699 McKinney Ave

(2007 Dir: James Mangold RT 2:02)

Rancher Dan Evans heads into Bisbee to clear up issues concerning the sale of his land when he witnesses the closing events of a stagecoach robbery led by famed outlaw Ben Wade. Shortly thereafter, Wade is captured by the law in Bisbee and Evans finds himself one of the escorts who will take Wade to the 3:10 to Yuma train in Contention for the reward of $200. Evans’ effort to take Wade to the station is in part an effort to save his land but also part of an inner battle to determine whether he can be more than just a naive rancher in the eyes of his impetuous and gun slinging son William Evans. The transport to Contention is hazardous and filled with ambushes by Indians, pursuits by Wade’s vengeful gang and Wade’s own conniving and surreptitious demeanor that makes the ride all the more intense.

Introduction by TBD

5:45 – 7:45 p.m.

Violet Crown
3699 McKinney Ave


8:00 p.m

Violet Crown
3699 McKinney Ave

(1948 Dir: Howard Hawks RT 2:06)

Fourteen years after starting his cattle ranch in Texas, Tom Dunston is finally ready to drive his 10,000 head of cattle to market. Back then Dunston, his sidekick Nadine Groot and a teen-aged boy, Matt Garth -who was the only survivor of an Indian attack on a wagon train – started off with only two head of cattle. The nearest market however is in Missouri, a 1000 miles away. Dunston is a hard task master demanding a great deal from the men who have signed up for the drive. Matt is a grown man now and fought in the Civil War. He has his own mind as well and he soon runs up against the stubborn Dunston who won’t listen to advice from anyone. Soon, the men on the drive are taking sides and Matt ends up in charge with Dunston vowing to kill him.

Introduction by Johnathan Brownlee

10:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Hosted by Anne & Steve Stodghill

Closing Night Party

Special Guest in Attendance.

Special Guests