TOBACCO ROAD (John Ford, 1941)

Written by Nunnally Johnson, John Ford’s tonally complex, engrossing, brilliantly hilarious Tobacco Road restores the sympathy for the poor and understanding of poverty that distinguish Erskine Caldwell’s 1932 novel but which were replaced by condescension and otherwise obscured in Jack Kirkland’s offensive, long-running play. With the soul and eye of a poet, moreover, Ford has […]