According to Henry Fonda
, John Ford
preferred only one take and little or no rehearsal to catch the most spontaneous moment. For the key climactic final scene between Tom and Ma, Ford didn't even watch the rehearsal. When the time came to shoot, Ford led Fonda and Darwell through the silent action of the scene, preventing them from starting their lines until the two actors were completely in the moment. It was done in a single take and Fonda said on screen it was "brilliant." See more
I been thinking about us, too, about our people living like pigs and good rich land layin' fallow. Or maybe one guy with a million acres and a hundred thousand farmers starvin'. And I been wonderin' if all our folks got together and yelled...
Oh, Tommy, they'd drag you out and cut you down just like they done to Casy.
They'd drag me anyways. Sooner or later they'd get me for one thing if not for another. Until then...
Tommy, you're not aimin' to kill nobody.
No, Ma, not that. That ain't it. ...
Going Down the Road Feeling Bad
Played on guitar and Sung by Eddie Quillan See more