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FRIDAY

Let’s hear it for the homeboy. Alan Hale Sr. was born right here in Washington, D.C. For anyone familiar with his work, such as the 1943 flag-waver This Is the Army, it is uncanny to watch his son, the Skipper, cavort with Little Buddy Gilligan. The resemblance between father and child is so strong that one suspects the Hale clan had the secret of cloning eight decades ago. After all, Hale the Elder was, in his spare time, a semisuccessful inventor. But dad is not really the star of this Irving Berlin musical. That task falls to Ronald Reagan—a man many would like to clone, though others suspect was not entirely human. Neither Hale nor Reagan will attend, but some members of the original production may be at this screening. This Is the Army is on the National Film Registry and features men in drag, and in blackface, performing a minstrel show. Somehow, we still managed to win the war. At 7 p.m. at the Library of Congress’ Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. (202) 707-5677. (Dave Nuttycombe)