This multifaceted set communicates both the painful hard times of the Great Depression and the grace and strong will of the common man in confronting it. Period newsreel and documentary film footage convey the feel of the times.
Examines the many factors that led to the Depression, Hoover's attempts to counter the nation's economic woes, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal programs.
Life in the Thirties
A documentary film portraying life in America during the 1930's. Includes scenes showing social and economic trends, and the events and personalities that attracted the attention of the average person.
by Donald B. Hyatt (producer and director)
A comprehensive original program from the History Channel, featuring exclusive interviews, rare audio recordings, newly-unearthed home movies, and diary entries, that reveals a never-before-seen side of FDR's presidency.
The Crash of 1929
On October 29, 1929 - Black Monday, large and small investors alike lost corporate and personal fortunes when the stock market crashed. This program examines the reasons behind the crash and whether the crash was predictable.
by Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer (producers)
Riding the Rails
Tells the story of the 250,000 teenagers who left their homes and hopped freight trains during the Great Depression.
by Michael Uys and Lexy Lovell (producers, directors and writers)
A mixture of comedy and brutal violence, this film is based on the exploits of the notorious American bank robbers of the 1930's, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow.
The migration of the Joad family to California from their dust-bowl farm in Oklahoma during the Great Depression.
A devastating satire on the effects of mass production on the lives of factory workers, with Charlie as a factory worker, jailbird, night watchman, and a singing waiter. Primarily a silent film with music and sound effects, but voices emanate from TV sets and radios.
by Charlie Chaplin (writer and director)
In Depression-era California, two migrant workers dream of better days on a spread of their own until an act of unintentional violence leads to tragic consequences.
Story of a black sharecropper family in Louisiana during the Depression. A father steals food for his family; his wife provides love, security and strength while he is in prison; and their oldest son bravely becomes the man of the house until his father returns.
by Radnitz/Mattel Productions, Inc.
obert Redford and Paul Newman star as two con men in the 1930s, out to avenge the death of a mutual friend. They seek revenge on crime lord Robert Shaw with a 'sting' that is one of the greatest double-crosses in movie history.
by George Roy Hill (director)