Classic Film: The Reluctant Astronaut
The Reluctant Astronaut (1967, 101 minutes, color), directed by Edward Montagne. Roy Fleming (Don Knotts) is a small town kiddie-ride operator who is deathly afraid of heights. After learning that his father has signed him up for the space program, Roy reluctantly heads for Houston, only to find out upon arriving that his job is a janitor, not an astronaut. Anxious to live up to the expectations of his domineering father, Roy manages to keep up a facade of being an astronaut to his family and friends. When NASA decides to launch a lay person into space to prove the worthiness of a new automated spacecraft, Roy gets the chance to confront his fears.
Cosmic Comedies is a collection of classic films that will feature the genres of comedy and science fiction. This classic film series is provided in conjunction with the Beyond the Moon: NASA's Continuing Mission exhibit which opens on September 19.
The Bush Library and the Bush Library Foundation present the Classic Film Series free of charge and invite anyone in the community to attend. Beverages are provided courtesy of Bryan Coca Cola Bottling Company and popcorn is available at no cost. Refreshments are available in the lobby in the hour preceding the start of each movie. Parking is free and plentiful. For more information, please call Tracy at (979) 691-4014.