On April 4, the Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah’s ongoing weekly series of underappreciated feature films from around the globe continues at The Sentient Bean. That night, the PFS pays posthumous tribute to the late, great screen and TV actor James Garner (“Murphy’s Romance,” “The Great Escape,” “The Notebook” and TV’s “Maverick” and “The Rockford Files”) just a few days shy of what would have been his 90th birthday.
A former Korean War veteran (he was awarded the Purple Heart for his service in that conflict as a rifleman), the Emmy Award-winning Garner earned a storied reputation in Hollywood as one of the kindest and most caring actors in that notoriously rough-edged town. He was known as a lifelong, devoted supporter of the Democratic Party, and in 1963 joined Martin Luther King Jr. in his famed March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. To celebrate his lengthy life and career, the PFS will present an early James Garner film that divided critics upon first release, but eventually presaged one of his most famous television roles.
The exact title of this neo-noir flick (which also features several notable character actors) remains a secret until its 8 p.m. showtime, but adventurous viewers and Garner fans are encouraged to take a chance, buy a ticket and be pleasantly surprised. As always, The Bean’s vegetarian menu will be available, as will craft beer and organic wine. Hope to see you there.