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.
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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.
And here’s how to wear a newsboy cap when you’re running Okies off their farm.
Now the brim is really bent….
More hard luck…
Tom Joad’s farewell speech.
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.
FYI – The truck driver in the shot of Henry Fonda is Irving Bacon.