The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

John Ford does John Steinbeck’s dust bowl epic, and does it with little condescension and no romanticism to speak of. Did Hollywood ever before make poor people look this real? The Grapes of Wrath was stark and truthful enough to warrant a boycott call from banks and farming corporations, and its unionizing stance was forceful enough to get Ford, of all people, investigated by the House Un-American Activities Committee years later. With Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, and John Carradine.

Trailer for the 1940 black and white film The ...
Trailer for the 1940 black and white film The Grapes of Wrath. Henry Fonda. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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