John Steinbeck’s In Dubious Battle – a tale of a young man who gets caught up in the labor movement among farmer workers in the 1930s – stars and is directed by James Franco. It opens on February 17th.
In the California apple country, nine hundred migratory workers rise up “in dubious battle” against the landowners. The group takes on a life of its own—stronger than its individual members and more frightening. Led by the doomed Jim Nolan, the strike is founded on his tragic idealism—on the “courage never to submit or yield.” Published in 1936, In Dubious Battle is considered the first major work of Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Steinbeck.