Los Angeles: Twentieth Century-Fox, 1939. Revised Temporary script for the 1940 film. Based on the 1939 novel by John Steinbeck.
The now-famed story of a suffering sharecropper family forced to relocate, John Ford's film adaptation stays true to the tone of Steinbeck's original, which was published only three months before producer Zanuck acquired the rights. Though Steinbeck purportedly threatened to sue the studio using the money he made from the sale if they changed the story's intent to bring attention to the conditions of migrant workers, he was quite pleased with the end results of both Johnson's screenwriting and the film itself. The ending to the film varies significantly from that of the book, with Steinbeck's acknowledgment of the need for such a change.
Winner of two Academy Awards and nominated for five others, including Best Picture.
Set in Oklahoma and en route to Californa, shot on location in California, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Arizona.
Tan titled wrappers, noted as REVISED TEMPORARY on the front wrapper, rubber-stamped copy No. 9, dated August 5, 1939. Title page present, dated August 5, 1939, noted as Revised Temporary, with credits for screenwriter Nunnally Johnson and novelist John Steinbeck. 154 leaves, with last page of text numbered 148. Mimeograph, rectos only, with blue revision pages throughout, dated variously between 9/8/39 and 10/16/39. Pages Fine, wrapper Near Fine, bound internally with three gold brads.
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