The Grapes Of Wrath : A Mousepaw Review

Well, before I start off, I’d like to say that I’ve never read the book.  & That I watched the 1940 version, with Henry Fonda and Jane Darwell.

” A poor Midwest family is forced off of their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression. ”


*Spoilers Ahead!*

(The Grapes of Wrath Movie)

Taglines included; The Joads step right out of the pages of the novel that has shocked millions! and The most discussed book in years – now comes to the screen to become the most discussed picture in ages.

First, the movie began with Tom Joad (Henry Fonda) leaving jail on parole.  Then he went to travel to where Ma (Jane Darwell) lived.  On the way he met a man whose house had been rolled over by a tractor by the government, who had taken his land. How sad! That happened a lot in the Dust Bowl/Great Depression/& After the Great Plow.    He kept moving, and when he finally reached his home his family thought he had broken out of jail, but he assured them that was not the case.  The whole family (Grandpa, Grandma, Pa, Ma, The Children, Casy and a few others, I think) decided to leave for California because of foreclosure to get away from where they were, The Westernmost tip of Oklahoma.  That was the heart of the Dust Bowl.   Dust would be blown up into tall, wide, towers and beat down the crops.   As the people were already poverty stricken, this was not something they needed.   They were led to California by flyers like this one:

(Orchard Run : 800 Pickers Wanted!  There's Work in California!)

The problem was that it was so slow to travel, and that for 800 wanted, thousands of flyers would be printed.  So maybe 800 out of 5000 would then be in work.  The whole thing was incredibly sad.  So they got to California, but there was no work.  A few people died on the way, but… for nothing.  That’s what it looked like at least; until they found a camp to stay at, and I don’t exactly remember the ending of the movie, but there was work, and they joined a camp until the end of the Great Depression.


In my opinion,  On my own I would probably not have watched the movie.  It was sad and depressing, but it’s a part of history.

Respond with what you thought of the movie!


~ Mousepaw



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