THE GRAPES OF WRATH
1940, 20th Century Fox, 129 min, USA, Dir: John Ford

Tom Joad (Henry Fonda) returns from prison to find his family evicted from their dust-blown, Midwestern farm and packing to head for the deceptively golden promise of California prosperity. Director John Ford brings John Steinbeck’s classic novel about Depression-era poverty and the resultant migration and labor unrest to vivid life. With an incredible supporting cast that includes Jane Darwell, John Carradine and Charley Grapewin. Nominated for seven Oscars and winner of two (Ford got Best Director and Best Supporting Actress went to Darwell). "Shows half a nation with the economic rug pulled out from under it. … To those … who had gone hungry or been homeless, it would never become dated. And its sense of injustice, I believe, is still relevant. The banks and land agents of the 1930s have been replaced by financial pyramids.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.


THE BEES
1978, Vinegar Syndrome, 83 min, USA, Dir: Alfredo Zacarias

Genre icons John Saxon (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET) and John Carradine (THE HOWLING) are in a race against time as a swarm of South American killer bees has invaded the United States. With each attempt to thwart the threat, the bees become stronger and more intelligent than their human foes.


MUNSTER, GO HOME!
1966, Universal, 96 min, USA, Dir: Earl Bellamy

Fred Gwynne, Yvonne DeCarlo, Al Lewis and Butch Patrick reprise their TV roles (with newcomer Debbie Watson as the beautiful Marilyn) as the classic 1960s sitcom arrives on the big screen in color. The Munsters set sail to England after Herman inherits an estate there, but the British side of the family (including a delightful Terry-Thomas) will stop at nothing to hold on to Munster Hall. Costarring John Carradine and Hermione Gingold.


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