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


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Nunnally Johnson (screen play)
John Steinbeck (based on the novel by)
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Release Date:
15 March 1940 (USA) See more »
The thousands who have read the book will know why WE WILL NOT SELL ANY CHILDREN TICKETS to see this picture! See more »
A poor Midwest family is forced off of their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 5 nominations See more »
(143 articles)
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The First Great Film of a Great Decade for the Cinema. See more (288 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Henry Fonda ... Tom Joad

Jane Darwell ... Ma Joad

John Carradine ... Jim Casy

Charley Grapewin ... Grandpa

Dorris Bowdon ... Rosasharn
Russell Simpson ... Pa Joad

O.Z. Whitehead ... Al

John Qualen ... Muley Bates
Eddie Quillan ... Connie
Zeffie Tilbury ... Grandma
Frank Sully ... Noah
Frank Darien ... Uncle John

Darryl Hickman ... Winfield
Shirley Mills ... Ruthie
Roger Imhof ... Thomas

Grant Mitchell ... Caretaker
Charles D. Brown ... Wilkie

John Arledge ... Davis

Ward Bond ... Policeman
Harry Tyler ... Bert
William Pawley ... Bill
Charles Tannen ... Joe

Selmer Jackson ... Inspection Officer (as Selmar Jackson)

Charles Middleton ... Leader

Eddy Waller ... Proprietor (as Eddie Waller)
Paul Guilfoyle ... Floyd
David Hughes ... Frank
Cliff Clark ... City Man
Joe Sawyer ... Bookkeeper (as Joseph Sawyer)

Frank Faylen ... Tim
Adrian Morris ... Agent
Hollis Jewell ... Muley's Son
Robert Homans ... Spencer
Irving Bacon ... Driver
Kitty McHugh ... Mae
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wally Albright ... Boy Who Bragged of Eating Chicken (uncredited)
Erville Alderson ... Arkansas Storekeeper (uncredited)
Josephine Allen ... Migrant (uncredited)
Robert J. Anderson ... Hungry Boy (uncredited)
Frank Atkinson ... Migrant (uncredited)
Arthur Aylesworth ... Father (uncredited)

Trevor Bardette ... Jule - Bouncer at Dance (uncredited)
John Binns ... Migrant (uncredited)
Joe Bordeaux ... Migrant (uncredited)
Leon Brace ... Migrant (uncredited)
Henry Brahe ... Migrant (uncredited)
George P. Breakston ... Boy (uncredited)
Buster Brodie ... Migrant (uncredited)
Scotty Brown ... Migrant (uncredited)
Hal Budlong ... Migrant (uncredited)
Nora Bush ... Migrant (uncredited)
Russ Clark ... Guard (uncredited)
Shirley Coates ... Girl in Migrant Camp (uncredited)
Cal Cohen ... Migrant (uncredited)
Cecil Cook ... Migrant (uncredited)
Harry Cording ... Deputy (uncredited)
Jim Corey ... Buck Jackson - Witness at Dance (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Chef (uncredited)
Delmar Costello ... Migrant (uncredited)
Jane Crowley ... Migrant (uncredited)
W.H. Davis ... Migrant (uncredited)
Helen Dean ... Migrant (uncredited)

John Dilson ... Bookseller (uncredited)
Lillian Drew ... Migrant (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Deputy (uncredited)
Thornton Edwards ... Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
Billy Elmer ... Migrant (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Deputy (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Guard (uncredited)
Francis Ford ... Migrant (uncredited)
Emily Gerdes ... Migrant (uncredited)
Tyler Gibson ... Migrant (uncredited)
Barney Gilmore ... Migrant (uncredited)
William Haade ... Deputy with Shotgun (uncredited)
Ben Hall ... Gas Station Attendant in Bakersfield (uncredited)
Dean Hall ... Migrant (uncredited)
Edna Hall ... Migrant (uncredited)
Sidney Hayes ... Migrant (uncredited)
Cliff Herbert ... Migrant (uncredited)
Charles Herzinger ... Migrant (uncredited)
Herbert Heywood ... Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)

William Hoehne Jr. ... Dirty Migrant Child (uncredited)
Harry Holden ... Migrant (uncredited)
E.J. Kaspar ... Migrant (uncredited)
David Kirkland ... Migrant (uncredited)
Lillian Lawrence ... Migrant (uncredited)
Rex Lease ... Cop (uncredited)
Hazel Lollier ... Migrant (uncredited)

Mae Marsh ... Muley's Wife (uncredited)
Louis Mason ... Man in Camp (uncredited)
Harry Matthews ... Migrant (uncredited)
Scotty Mattraw ... Migrant (uncredited)

Walter McGrail ... Gang Leader (uncredited)
Jules Michelson ... Migrant (uncredited)

Walter Miller ... New Mexico Border Guard (uncredited)
Philip Morris ... Guard (uncredited)
Frank Newburg ... Migrant (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Deputy #1 (uncredited)
L.F. O'Connor ... Migrant (uncredited)

George O'Hara ... Clerk (uncredited)
Ted Oliver ... State Policeman (uncredited)
Inez Palange ... Woman in Camp (uncredited)
Steve Pendleton ... Gas Station Attendant #2 in Needles (uncredited)
Jack Pennick ... Camp Helper (uncredited)
Walter Perry ... Migrant (uncredited)
Walton Pindon ... Migrant (uncredited)
Rose Plumer ... Migrant (uncredited)
Chauncey Pyle ... Migrant (uncredited)
Bob Reeves ... Deputy (uncredited)
Gladys Rehfeld ... Migrant (uncredited)
Waclaw Rekwart ... Migrant (uncredited)
Dick Rich ... Keene Ranch Guard (uncredited)
Gloria Roy ... Waitress (uncredited)

Peggy Ryan ... Hungry Girl (uncredited)

Robert Shaw ... Gas Station Attendant #1 in Needles (uncredited)
Lee Shumway ... Deputy (uncredited)
Georgia Simmons ... Woman (uncredited)
C.B. Steele ... Migrant (uncredited)
Al Stewart ... Migrant (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Fred - Trucker #2 at Diner (uncredited)
Paul Sutton ... Deputy (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Deputy / Troublemaker (uncredited)
Charles Thurston ... Migrant (uncredited)
D.H. Turner ... Migrant (uncredited)

Tom Tyler ... Deputy Handcuffing Casy (uncredited)
Pearl Varvalle ... Migrant (uncredited)
Eleanore Vogel ... Migrant (uncredited)
Max Wagner ... Guard (uncredited)
Harry Wallace ... Migrant (uncredited)
John Wallace ... Migrant (uncredited)
Glen Walters ... Woman Who Gets Shot (uncredited)
Jack Walters ... Migrant (uncredited)
Frank Watson ... Migrant (uncredited)
Jim Welch ... Migrant (uncredited)
Charles West ... Migrant (uncredited)

Dan White ... Poor Man Walking with Woman in Transient Camp (uncredited)
Norman Willis ... Joe - Shot at Floyd (uncredited)
Bill Wolfe ... Square-Dance Caller (uncredited)
Bill Worth ... Migrant (uncredited)

Directed by
John Ford 
Writing credits
Nunnally Johnson (screen play)

John Steinbeck (based on the novel by)

Produced by
Nunnally Johnson .... associate producer
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer
Original Music by
Alfred Newman (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Gregg Toland (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert L. Simpson (film editor) (as Robert Simpson)
Art Direction by
Richard Day 
Mark-Lee Kirk 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Gwen Wakeling (costumes)
Makeup Department
Myrtle Ford .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Charles Gemora .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Gustaf Norin .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Ralph Dietrich .... production manager (uncredited)
Bernard McEveety .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Otto Brower .... second unit director (uncredited)
Edward O'Fearna .... assistant director (uncredited)
Wingate Smith .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Eddie Jones .... props (uncredited)
Andy Kisch .... assistant property master (uncredited)
William Sittel .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
George Leverett .... sound
Edmund H. Hansen .... sound (uncredited)
Harry Kornfield .... assistant sound (uncredited)
W.P. Mathewson .... assistant boom operator (uncredited)
Jack Miller .... cableman (uncredited)
Robert Parrish .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles G. Clarke .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Arthur Dorien .... best boy (uncredited)
Paul Garnett .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Eddie Garvin .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ralph Hoge .... grip (uncredited)
Vic Jones .... gaffer (uncredited)
Lou Kunkel .... camera operator (uncredited)
Bill McLellan .... gaffer (uncredited)
Emmett Schoenbaum .... still photographer (uncredited)
Bert Shipman .... camera operator (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Harry Kernell .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Josephine Perrin .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Mary Crumley .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Robert Parrish .... negative cutter (uncredited)
Jack Wells .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Alfred Newman .... musical director
Danny Borzage .... musician: accordion (uncredited)
Alfred Newman .... composer: cue "Leaving the Dustbowl" (uncredited)
Other crew
Tom Collins .... technical director
Meta Stern .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
129 min | West Germany:108 min (cut version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Australia:G (original rating) | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:G (Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-12 (2014) (TV rating) | Finland:K-16 (1941) | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Portugal:M/12 (re-release) | South Korea:12 | Soviet Union:(Banned) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (certificate #5789) | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

Producer Darryl F. Zanuck knew that Henry Fonda was desperate for the part of Tom Joad, so he let it be known that he was going to offer the part to Tyrone Power. Fonda pleaded with Zanuck for the part, and in order to get it Zanuck talked him into signing an eight-picture deal with 20th Century-Fox.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Tom Joad's semi-retarded brother, Noah, vanishes after the swimming-in-the-river sequence. In the book, Noah believes he's a burden on the family and runs away. In the film, no explanation is given for his disappearance.See more »
Ma Joad:Well, Pa, a woman can change better'n a man. A man lives sorta - well, in jerks. Baby's born or somebody dies, and that's a jerk. He gets a farm or loses it, and that's a jerk. With a woman, it's all in one flow, like a stream - little eddies and waterfalls - but the river, it goes right on. Woman looks at it thata way.See more »
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29 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
The First Great Film of a Great Decade for the Cinema., 8 June 2002
Author: tfrizzell from United States

"The Grapes of Wrath" was a huge novel so it only made sense to turn it into a feature motion picture. The result is one of the greatest films ever produced. Oscar-nominee Henry Fonda, his mother Jane Darwell (Oscar-winning) and their family have had it in the Dust Bowl. Thus they decide to leave the midwest of our nation's Great Depression and go to California. The film is an intensely dramatic affair that is first-rate in all cinematic departments. John Ford won his second Best Director Oscar with this movie and the landscape of the late-1920s and early-1930s has never been captured more fully. Excellent film-making. 5 stars out of 5.

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