How to Wear a Hat – ‘The Grapes of Wrath’

'The Grapes of Wrath"

As Tom Joad, just paroled from prison, Henry Fonda wears a newsboy cap all through “The Grapes of Wrath,” with costume design by Gwen Wakeling. Let’s take a look.


How to Wear a Hat — Newsboy Cap Edition
How to Wear a Newsboy Cap —  Marc Chevalier Edition

"The Grapes of Wrath"

After Joad reaches his family’s farm and finds it abandoned, the brim becomes a little more broken. Notice the great cinematography by Gregg Toland.

"Grapes of Wrath"

And here’s how to wear a newsboy cap when you’re running Okies off their farm.

"Grapes of Wrath"

Now the brim is really bent….

"The Grapes of Wrath"

More hard luck…

"The Grapes of Wrath"

Tom Joad’s farewell speech.

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2 Responses to How to Wear a Hat – ‘The Grapes of Wrath’

  1. John Ford, with the soul of a poet and the personal style of crust, knew a thing or two about hats. His eye could get a prop to act. Didn’t know until now that the legendary Gregg Toland shot ‘Grapes’. His images invoke those of Dorothea Lange and other Depression Era photographers. Harsh perfection.


  2. Don Danard says:

    FYI – The truck driver in the shot of Henry Fonda is Irving Bacon.


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