The Grapes of Wrath #OnThisDay

On 24th of January 1940, the film ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ was released.

Considered one of the greatest movies of all time, The Grapes of Wrath, is based on the novel of the same name by John Steinbeck.

Starring a suitably gaunt looking Henry Fonda and directed by movie giant John Ford, the film charts the fortunes (and otherwise) of a family in the Great Depression. Losing their farm during the ‘Dust Bowl’, many Americans became migrants and journeyed across the States to become fruit pickers in California.

It is a monumental film, telling a story that covers the disintegration that so many communities faced, social injustice, raw human emotion, exploitation and those who through all of that try to rebuild their lives.

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