Sunday, July 12, 2015
"As genial a bit of propaganda for common vagrancy as has ever been shown" began the New York Times review for Tortilla Flat in 1942.
Based on John Steinbeck's 1935 novel, Tortilla Flat was directed by Victor Fleming, whose credits include The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind. Spencer Tracy and John Garfield star as two carefree fishermen, Pilon and Danny, who make their meager living in a small California coastal village.
When Danny inherits two houses, he invites Pilon and a few other friends to move in. The easy dynamics between the friends changes with Danny's good fortune; and love for the same woman, Dolores 'Sweets' Ramirez (Hedy Lamarr), drives a wedge between them.
Frank Morgan steals the show as Pirate, a dog lover with a reverence for St. Francis. His role earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Tortilla Flat will be shown on Tuesday, July 14, at 6:30 p.m., in the McEntee Meeting Room. Admission is free and open to the public.