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Two Fonda classics at Paramount

Charles Ealy

Two classics from director John Ford screen today and Sunday at the Paramount Theatre as part of the Summer Film Series. And Henry Fonda stars in both - "The Grapes of Wrath" and "The Young Mr. Lincoln."

"The Grapes of Wrath," first released in 1940, tracks the Joads as they leave their home in Oklahoma during the Great Depression and face hardships on their way to California.

Based on the novel by John Steinbeck, "Wrath" has a distinctive left-wing feel today but was very much a product of its economic times, when hundreds of thousands of people were left homeless and in search of jobs.

Tom Joad, played by Fonda, stars as a man who refuses to give in to those who would exploit the misfortune of others.

While "Wrath" is widely regarded as a classic, some critics have pointed out that many of its themes of social justice are delivered with a heavy hand. Regardless, the performances by Fonda and co-stars John Carradine and Jane Darwell remain timeless.

"Young Mr. Lincoln," first released in 1939, is a fictional portrait of the life of President Abraham Lincoln while working as a lawyer in Springfield, Ill.

The plot follows the president-to-be as he defends two men who have been accused of murder and also begins to court his future wife, Mary Todd. Alice Brady and Marjorie Weaver co-star.

Screening details: 4 p.m. today: "The Grapes of Wrath." 6:35 p.m. today: "Young Mr. Lincoln." 2 p.m. Sunday: "Young Mr. Lincoln." 4:05 p.m. Sunday: "The Grapes of Wrath." 6:40 p.m. Sunday: "Young Mr. Lincoln."

Prices: $9 regular admission. $7 online advance admission. $5 film fan admission with card at box office. Admission covers two movies, as long as they're viewed back to back.

Specials: Bring two canned food items for a food drive and get a free popcorn.

Where: Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave.

More information: www.austintheatre.org