Nunnally Johnson


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Nunnally Hunter Johnson (December 5, 1897—March 25, 1977) was an American filmmaker who wrote, produced, and directed motion pictures.

He began his career as a journalist, writing for the Columbus Enquirer Sun, the Savannah Press, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, and the New York Herald Tribune. He also wrote short stories and a collection of these, There Ought To Be a Law, was published in ... more »

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  • I wouldn't pray just for a old man that's dead because he's all right. If I was to pray, I'd pray for the folks that's alive and don't know which way to turn. Grampa here, he ain't got no more trouble...
    Nunnally Johnson (1897-1977), U.S. screenwriter. Casy (John Carradine), The Grapes of Wrath, as Grampa is being buried (1940).
  • ''As soon as the harvest is in, you're a migrant worker. Afterwards just a bum.''
    Nunnally Johnson (1897-1977), U.S. screenwriter. Frank (David Hughes), The Grapes of Wrath (1940).
  • ''Well, there she is folks. The land of milk and honey—California.''
    Nunnally Johnson (1897-1977), U.S. screenwriter, and John Ford. Ma Joad (Jane Darwell), The Grapes of Wrath (1940). At the Joad family's first sig...
  • Scared, huh. I ain't never gonna be scared no more. I was though. For a while it looked as though we was beat, good and beat. Looked like we didn't have nobody in the whole wide world but enemies. Lik...
    Nunnally Johnson (1897-1977), U.S. screenwriter, and John Ford. Ma Joad (Jane Darwell), The Grapes of Wrath, replying to her son Al (O.Z. Whitehead) w...
  • I know. That's what makes us tough. Rich fellows come up and they die. Their kids ain't no good and they die out. But we keepa comin'. We're the people that live. They can't wipe us out. They can't li...
    Nunnally Johnson (1897-1977), U.S. screenwriter, and John Ford. Ma Joad (Jane Darwell), The Grapes of Wrath, pronouncement at the end of the film, as ...
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