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The Grapes of Wrath Overview:

The Grapes of Wrath (1940) was a Drama - Black-and-white Film directed by John Ford and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck and Nunnally Johnson.

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by John Steinbeck published in 1939.

The Grapes of Wrath was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1989.

Academy Awards 1940 --- Ceremony Number 13 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorHenry FondaNominated
Best Supporting ActressJane DarwellWon
Best DirectorJohn FordWon
Best Film EditingRobert SimpsonNominated
Best Picture20th Century-FoxNominated
Best WritingNunnally JohnsonNominated
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The Grapes of Wrath (1940) – Updated

By 4 Star Film Fan on Dec 7, 2015 From 4 Star Films

The Grapes of Wrath is in special company with a number of literary adaptations where film and source material are both so highly regarded and cultural significant. A few other names spring to mind such as Gone with the Wind, A Streetcar Named Desire, and To Kill a Mockingbird. However, even more so... Read full article


Review: The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Dec 7, 2015 From 4 Star Films

The Grapes of Wrath is in special company with a number of literary adaptations where film and source material are both so highly regarded and cultural significant. A few other names spring to mind such as Gone with the Wind, A Streetcar Named Desire, and To Kill a Mockingbird. However, even more so... Read full article


Review: The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Dec 7, 2015 From 4 Star Films

The Grapes of Wrath is in special company with a number of literary adaptations where film and source material are both so highly regarded and culturally significant. A few other names spring to mind such as Gone with the Wind, A Streetcar Named Desire, and To Kill a Mockingbird. However, even more ... Read full article


The Joad's Journey in The Grapes of Wrath

By Amanda Garrett on Oct 19, 2015 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm writing about the Joad's journey from Oklahoma to California in The Grapes of Wrath (1940). This production still shows Dorris Bowdon (left), Jane Darwell, and Henry Fonda packed into the front seat of the family's Hudson Super Six Sedan. This article is part of the Classic Movie Blog ... Read full article


The Grapes of Wrath (1940, John Ford)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Jun 26, 2015 From The Stop Button

The Grapes of Wrath starts in a darkened neverland. Director Ford and cinematographer Gregg Toland create a realer than real Oklahoma for protagonist Henry Fonda to journey across. The locations and sets aren’t as important as how Fonda (and the audience) experience it. It’s actually rat... Read full article


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Quotes from

Tom Joad: Takes no nerve to do something, ain't nothin' else you can do.


Tom Joad: If there was a law, they was workin' with maybe we could take it, but it ain't the law. They're workin' away our spirits, tryin' to make us cringe and crawl, takin' away our decency.


Tom Joad: Sure don't look none too prosperous.


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Facts about

Prior to filming, producer Darryl F. Zanuck sent undercover investigators out to the migrant camps to see if John Steinbeck had been exaggerating about the squalor and unfair treatment meted out there. He was horrified to discover that, if anything, Steinbeck had actually downplayed what went on in the camps.
Henry Fonda, still struggling to became a big Hollywood star, tried to avoid being a contract player for 20th Century-Fox because he wanted the ability to independently choose his own projects (an increasing number of stars at the time were trying to gain such independence). But when the much-coveted part of Tom Joad was offered to him, Fonda hesitantly gave in and signed a contract to work with the studio for seven years because he knew it would be the role of a lifetime.
Dorris Bowdon (Rose of Sharon) was married to screenwriter Nunnally Johnson.
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