Bright Victory + Peggy Dow Helmerich





In conjunction with Tulsa Library Trust Rick Atkinson 2015 Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award.

On Tuesday, December 1 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM, the non-profit Circle Cinema presents the 1951 war drama Bright Victory, starring Tulsa’s own Peggy Dow (Helmerich), appearing at both screenings!


About the Film

Presented digitally from a converted archival 35mm print. Made especially for Circle Cinema’s event. Bright Victory was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Arthur Kennedy) and Best Sound Recording.

Arthur Kennedy stars as a blinded war veteran struggling to adjust to his affliction in peacetime. He must overcome his pugnacious attitude towards any problem he can’t think his way out of–and he must learn to temper his inbred racial prejudices. Peggy Dow plays the woman who loves Kennedy enough to be cruel to him during his bouts of self-pity. Refusing to lapse into sentimentality, Bright Victory, based on the novel by Bayard Kendrick, is one of the best of the “against all odds” films of the 1950s. Arthur Kennedy’s performance won him the New York Critics’ Circle award, but not the Oscar he so richly deserved. Trivia note: new Universal contractee Rock Hudson receives 18th billing for his bit role as a soldier in this film.


Peggy Helmerich will be in attendance for Q&A following 2:00 & 7:00 screenings. WWII Veterans receive free admission for 2:00 show. Reception before 7:00 screening starting at 6:00.


In cooperation with Tulsa Library Trust. Rick Atkinson To Receive 2015 Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award. For more information CLICK HERE!


This is a benefit screening for the Circle Cinema Foundation

TICKETS HERE –  On sale now!

2:00 Screening  

$25 General, $15 Circle Members, WWII Veterans free

7:00 Screening 

$35 General, $25 Circle Members – Reserved seating available


About the author - Serving the Circle since 2006.
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