For decades, fans have debated the issue: Do the films of Charles Bronson derive their power from his iconic mustache? While legions grew up identifying Bronson with the manly mouthbrow featured so prominently in his late-period films such as Death Wish
, many of his greatest movies feature the action star sans 'stache. Tonight the 1975 Walter Hill classic Hard Times
, which features Bronson at his bare-knuckled, bare-lipped best, screens as part of the Strange Brew series. Bronson's frequent co-star James Coburn (The Magnificent Seven
, The Great Escape
) shares top billing, and Tom Stockman offers a special peek at his incredible Charles Bronson Exhibit of vintage figures, models, toys, and must-be-seen-to-be-believed memorabilia.
8 p.m. Wed., Apr. 1. Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue, Maplewood; 314-241-2337 or www.webster.edu/filmseries). $5.
Wed., April 1, 8 p.m., 2015