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A True Classic
A great movie that I could watch again and again. It's true cinematic artistry, and an example of how books should be translated to movies.
|Henry Fonda||Tom Joad|
|Jane Darwell||Ma Joad|
|Charley Grapewin||Grandpa Joad|
|Dorris Bowdon||Rose-of-Sharon Rivers|
|Russell Simpson||Pa Joad|
|O.Z. Whitehead||Al Joad|
|John Qualen||Muley Graves|
|Eddie Quillan||Connie Rivers|
|Zeffie Tilbury||Grandma Joad|
|Frank Sully||Noah Joad|
|Frank Darien||Uncle John|
|Shirley Mills||Ruth Joad|
|Charles D. Brown||Wilkie|
|Selmer Jackson||Inspection Officer (as Selmar Jackson)|
|Eddy Waller||Proprietor (as Eddie Waller)|
|Cliff Clark||City Man|
|Joe Sawyer||Bookkeeper (as Joseph Sawyer)|
|Hollis Jewell||Muley's Son|
|Darryl F. Zanuck||Producer|
|Alfred Newman||Original Music Composer|
|Gregg Toland||Director of Photography|
|Robert L. Simpson||Editor|
|Richard Day||Art Direction|
|Mark-Lee Kirk||Art Direction|
|Thomas Little||Set Decoration|
|Gwen Wakeling||Costume Design|
|Roger Heman Sr.||Sound Designer|
|George Leverett||Sound Designer|
|Edmund H. Hansen||Sound Designer|
|Robert Parrish||Sound Effects Editor|
|John Steinbeck||Story Contributor|
"The most discussed book in years - now comes to the screen to become the most discussed picture in ages"
"The Joads step right out of the pages of the novel that has shocked millions!"
"The thousands who have read the book will know why WE WILL NOT SELL ANY CHILDREN TICKETS to see this picture!"
The film opens with Tom Joad (Henry Fonda), released from prison and hitchhiking his way back to his parents' family farm in Oklahoma. Tom finds an itinerant ex-preacher named Jim Casy (John Carradine) sitting under a tree by the side of the road. Casy was the preacher who baptized Tom, but now Casy has "lost the spirit" and his faith (presaging his imminent conversion to communism). Casy goes with Tom to the Joad property only to find it deserted. There, they meet Muley (John Qualen) who is hiding out. In a flashback, he describes how farmers all over the area were forced from their farms by the deed holders of the land. A local boy (Irving Bacon), hired for the purpose, is shown knocking down Muley's house with a Caterpillar tractor. Following this, Tom and Casy move on to find the Joad family at Tom's Uncle John's place. His family is happy to see Tom and explain they have made plans to head for California in search of employment, as their farm has been foreclosed on by the bank. The large Joad family of twelve leaves at daybreak, along with Casy who decides to acccompany them. They pack everything into a dilapidated 1926 Hudson "Super Six" sedan adapted to serve as a truck in order to make the long journey to the promised land of California.
Theatrical : 1940-03-15 : United States of America
DVD : 2004-04-06