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In her book, The Fabulous Tom Mix, Olive Stokes Mix recounts the making of a typical scene from one of her husband’s pictures. The action involved an unarmed man being attacked by, and then killing, a wolf during a snowstorm. This being Hollywood in the early 20th century, the wolf was real. And really killed: beaten “to death” with a chair for the camera, and then—when the poor creature staggered back to consciousness after the director yelled “Cut!”—dispatched for good with a table leg. Tom Mix didn’t fool around. I’m not sure how the animals fare in the two films being shown—Destry Rides Again and Hidden Gold, just two of the 10 films Mix made in 1932—but the action is sure to be nonstop and very real. The films start at 7 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. $5. (202) 547-6839. (Dave Nuttycombe)