Favorite things about… How Green Was My Valley (1941)

The favorite film: How Green Was My Valley, a 1941 drama directed by John Ford, from the novel by Richard Llewellyn The synopsis: A Welsh coal mining family, the Morgans, face the ups and downs of life through the strength of their close-knit bond. The cast: Donald Crisp as Mr. Morgan Sara Allgood as Mrs. Morgan Roddy McDowall as Huw Morgan Maureen O’Hara as Angharad … Continue reading Favorite things about… How Green Was My Valley (1941)

The Plough and the Stars (1937)

Nora Clitheroe (Barbara Stanwyck) knows that rebellion against Britain is brewing in her home country of Ireland. Rather than feeling hopeful for the country’s future, she’s worried. Her husband, Jack (Preston Foster), has been called to service in the Citizen’s Army of Ireland, and she fears he will die fighting, just as her father did. Jack shares none of his wife’s worries, and when he learns … Continue reading The Plough and the Stars (1937)

Favorite things about… The Grapes of Wrath

The favorite film: The Grapes of Wrath, a 1940 drama based on the novel by John Steinbeck (adapted for the screen by Nunnally Johnson) and directed by John Ford The synopsis: Tom Joad is fresh off of a prison sentence for homicide when he returns to his family’s home to find that they’ve been kicked off of their land. Like many Oklahoma sharecroppers, they’ve been … Continue reading Favorite things about… The Grapes of Wrath