Jack London State Historic Park offers up another movie night under the stars, this time on Sunday, Oct. 6, with a screening of “The Fighter.”
The event begins at 6 p.m., with the film screening at dusk. Doc Stull, a park docent and Jack London expert, will launch the night by offering up entertaining and provocative back stories about Jack London’s story, “The Mexican,” written 6 months after the Mexicali Revolt during the Mexican Revolution, and which stands as fiery testament in support of social justice, an ideal which suffused London’s literary and personal life. “The Mexican” inspired the 1952 film, “The Fighter,” starring Richard Conte and Lee J. Cobb, which will be screened outside as dusk falls, following Stull’s talk. The story centers around Felipe Rivera, the son of a Mexican printer who had published articles favorable to striking workers in the hydraulic power plants of Río Blanco, Veracruz.
The workers are locked out, and the federal troops are sent against them.
Rivera escapes the massacre by climbing over the bodies of the deceased – including those of his mother and father. He then joins the Mexican Revolution, which leads him to an epic boxing match to secure funds needed to promote the revolution.
The screening will take place outside of the House of Happy Walls Museum (turn left to museum parking lot) at Jack London State Historic Park, 2400 London Ranch Road, in Glen Ellen