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 The banks and land agents of the 1930s have been replaced by financial pyramids.”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.


HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE
1953, 20th Century Fox, 95 min, USA, Dir: Jean Negulesco

HOW TO MARRY was actually the first feature shot in CinemaScope by 20th Century Fox, but it was released after THE ROBE in 1953. Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall learn the price of true love in this hilariously mercenary musical comedy, scripted and produced by Nunnally Johnson. Watch for mild-mannered boyfriend David Wayne (who made four films with Monroe, more than any other actor), and listen for the sparkling score arranged by Alfred Newman.


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