Professor Firstdraft’s GOODTIME SCRIPTORIUM

Dispatches from the far reaches of the WGF.

Screenplay 101: THE GRAPES OF WRATH

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Here’s the deal: Throughout 2014, we’re posting pages from every script on theĀ WGA’s list of the 101 Greatest Screenplays, as chosen by Guild membership, because we have every one in our library. Sure, we have other scripts that didn’t make it onto the list, either because they didn’t make the cut or because they were produced after the list was generated (presumably SHARKNADO, which we totally have a copy of, is only in the latter category).

Today’s hardscrabble installment is THE GRAPES OF WRATH by Nunnally Johnson, based on the classic novel and National Book Award winner of the same name by John Steinbeck.

In these pages – the last two of the script – we see Tom Joad’s famous “I’ll be there” speech. Note Johnson’s use of dialect, which parallels Steinbeck’s own.

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