American Gothic: THE GRAPES OF WRATH at PFA

by Kelly Vance

Look at poor little Muley.  Skulking in the dry fields at night, ducking headlights, peering through windows, moaning and whimpering like a hungry ghost.  We recognize actor John Qualen by his voice but the rest of him is shadowy and more frightened than usual, even more anxious than Qualen’s Earl Williams, the timid killer from His Girl Friday.  Muley’s share-cropping family was tractored out by the cats and now he’s left to haunt the empty homestead in John Ford’s The Grapes of Wrath.  But he’s not the only one.

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