Cast and Crew: Nunnally Johnson (Screenwriter); Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Ward Bond
What It’s About: Tom Joad (Henry Fonda) returns to his family farm to find it abandoned and his family about to take a journey to California in search of work, despite many warnings that things are no better in California.
Why Watch it Today?: Black Sunday occurred today in 1935, an event where a black cloud of dust rolled across the plains at 60 mph, one of the worst dust storms of the dust bowl era. John Steinbeck’s novel was a response to the hardships of the American small farmer during the Depression, including the effect of the Dust Bowl, and in 1940 John Ford directed (and won a Best Director Oscar) this excellent film adaptation.