The Great Depression

The Grapes of Wrath - The migration of the Joad family to California from their dust-bowl farm in Oklahoma during the Great Depression. Directed by John Ford from John Steinbeck's novel. (DVD 9915)

Dinner at Eight - A Park Avenue snob (Marie Dressler) gives a dinner party for a visiting English peer. Little does she realize that her shipping magnate husband (Lionel Barrymore) is bankrupt due to the stock market crash and that her daughter is having an affair with an older man (John Barrymore). (DVD 4304)

It Happened One Night - A newsman (Clark Gable) rides a bus and shares a cabin with a tycoon's runaway daughter (Claudette Colbert).  Winner of the "Best Picture" Oscar. Directed by Frank Capra. (DVD 21249)

Bonnie and Clyde - Faye Dunaway and Warren Betty star in the story of real-life 1930s bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, which mixed romance, adventure, glamour, comedy and violence. (DVD 20972)

My Man Godfrey - A giddy young socialite (Carole Lombard) comes across a mysterious derelict (William Powell) and brings him home to her eccentric family to be their servant. (DVD 9072)

The Gold Diggers of 1933 - Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler play two young hopefuls struggling to make it on Broadway. Even falling in love has it's hardships, as Powell's high-brow Eastern family is determined to break them up. More complications set in when his brother falls for Keeler's wise-cracking roommate. Choreography by Busby Berkeley. (DVD 5717)

They Shoot Horses Don't They? - In the midst of the Depression, an entire generation sought out the dance marathon as a means of survival. Starring Jane Fonda and Gig Young who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor as the contest promoter. Directed by Sydney Pollack. (DVD 9386)

Sullivan's Travels - In this comedic masterpiece, a wealthy movie director (Joel McCrea) hits the road to find "real" people for his next great film. Directed by Preston Sturges. (DVD 8718)

Cinderella Man - During the Great Depression, an everyday common-man hero, James J. Braddock was to become one of the most surprising sports legends in history. He did not have much of a shot, but James was fueled by something beyond mere competition. He kept winning and suddenly, the ordinary working man became an icon who carried the hopes and dreams of the disenfranchised on his shoulders. (DVD 7316)

Paper Moon - A smooth-talking con man (Ryan O'Neal) and a nine-year-old orphan (Tatum O'Neal) are up to tricks in depression-era Kansas. Directed by Peter Bogdanovich. (DVD 9664)

Sounder - A sharecropper's wife (Cicely Tyson) keeps the family together after he (Paul Winfield) goes to prison in 1930s Louisiana. Nominated for four Academy Awards. Directed by Martin Ritt. (DVD 14842)

The Color Purple - An uneducated woman living in the rural American south during the Great Depression was raped by her father, deprived of the children she bore him and forced to marry a brutal man she calls "Mister" is transformed by the friendship of two remarkable women, acquiring self-worth and the strength to forgive. Directed by Steven Spielberg. (DVD 340)

Bound for Glory - In 1936 Woody Guthrie leaves Texas and heads to California looking for work. He meets hobos, migrant workers and people down on their luck, and begins his career as a folk singer. (DVD 1078)

The Purple Rose of Cairo - Cecilia is a poor waitress in a dumpy New Jersey diner who goes to movies to escape the realities of the Depression Era life. Her favorite is The Purple Rose of Cairo. When the leading man Tom Baxter decides to be with Cecilia, confusion abounds. Directed by Woody Allen. (DVD 1716)

Of Mice and Men - Tells the story about the strange relationship of two migrant workers during the depression who are able to realize their dreams of an easy life until one of them succumbs to his weakness. (DVD 5798)