John Steinbeck is one of the greatest American writers, and he was also born on this day. Today is his 112th birthday, and if you noticed Google gave a nice tribute doddle to honor his life and work.
Since his books were quite popular naturally they were made into movies. So either that be good or bad (you're the judge), here are five classic movies that are based on his books:
Heartthrob and rebel of the 50s, James Dean starred in this Steinbeck adaptation. The popular film was directed by Elia Kazan. Julie Harris and Raymond Massey also starred in the classic film. "East of Eden," is a tale about two brothers and their clash over their father's love.
The 1940 "The Grapes of Wrath," is a celebrate classic that was directed by John Ford. The movie's cast were Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, and John Carradine. It was one of the first twenty-five films to be in the National Film Registry. It's its day it won two Oscars for Best Supporting Actress and Best Director. "The Grapes of Wrath," is a tale about the trials of the Joads family.
Gary Sinise both starred and directed, "Of Mice and Men." John Malkovich also starred in the movie with Sinise. The film saw mostly praise from critics when it was first released. The plot centered around the two characters, Milton and Small. The film like the book, both looks at discrimination and "The American Dream."
"Lifeboat," directed by Alfred Hitchcock was actually based on an unpublished work of Steinbeck. The popular 1944 film, starred William Bendix, Tallulah Bankhead, and Mary Anderson. The film is set actually entirely on a lifeboat during World War II.
"The Red Pony," based on one of Steinbeck's short stories starred the wonderful Myrna Loy and Robert Mitchum. Also to note that Steinbeck also wrote the screenplay to this movie. Lewis Milestone directed the film. "The Red Pony" is a tale about a boy, who is attached to a newborn colt.
So those are just five movies based on the works of John Steinbeck. There are plenty of others and more are being directed and produced to this date. His works are immortal!