Mobilians are most familiar with native son Eugene Walter for his literary abilities, however those same talents opened doors to his appearances in other artistic media. His gifts with language took him to Europe and into a realm occupied by the cinematic glitterati like Federico Fellini.

The Southern Literary Trail will highlight those theatrical forays with “The Reel Life of Eugene Walter” at Bernheim Hall in the Ben May Main Branch of the Mobile Public Library (701 Government St.) on March 29 at 2 p.m. Entrance is free.

Walter biographer Donald Goodman will present rarely-seen clips from the movies in which Walter appeared. He will also talk about the author’s interest in acting, which emerged on stages in Mobile as well as before the cameras in Rome. The montage clips with Walter will include ”The Pink Panther”, “8 Ω,” “Belle Starr,” “The Pyjama Girl Case,” “Two Weeks in An other Town” and “Private Lessons.”

Local partners for the program are the Mobile Public Library, the Mobile Arts Council, the Historic Mobile Preservation Society, and the Southern Literary Trail. A reception of light refreshments will follow the lecture.

For more information, call the library at 251-208-7097 or the Mobile Arts Council at 251-432-9796.