Friday, June 10, 2016

Friday's Film Adaption: The Gnomobile by Upton Sinclair

The Gnomobile by Upton Sinclair has become The Gnome-Mobile, a hit movie from Walt Disney Studios, starring Walter Brennan and those "Mary Poppins" kids, Matthew Garber and Karen Dotrice. Gnomes are rare these days -- which is why so few people ever see them. But Elizabeth and her Uncle find two forlorn little people, the last of a tribe of California Redwood gnomes. When they hear Glogo's sad story, they get in Uncle Rodney's shiny car (The Gnomobile) to search for another tribe of gnomes and a wife for young Bobo. But curiosity seekers cause one problem after another until something really terrible happens . . . Bobo and Glogo are gnome-gnaped!

An eccentric millionaire and his niece and nephew are embroiled in the plights of some forest gnomes who are searching for the rest of their tribe. While helping them, the millionaire is suspected of being crazy because he's seeing gnomes! He's committed, and the niece and nephew and the gnomes have to find him and free him.

Release Date: July 19, 1967
Release Time: 84 minutes

Walter Brennan – D.J. Mulrooney/Knobby
Matthew Garber – Rodney
Karen Dotrice – Elizabeth
Richard Deacon – Ralph Yarby
Tom Lowell – Jasper
Sean McClory – Horatio Quaxton
Ed Wynn – Rufus the Gnome King
Jerome Cowan – Dr. Ramsey
Charles Lane – Dr. Scoggins
Norman Grabowski – Male Nurse
Gil Lamb – Gas Attendant
Maudie Prickett – Katie Barrett
Cami Sebring – Violet

Author Bio:
Upton Beall Sinclair, Jr. was an American author who wrote close to one hundred books in many genres. He achieved popularity in the first half of the twentieth century, acquiring particular fame for his classic muckraking novel, The Jungle (1906). To gather information for the novel, Sinclair spent seven weeks undercover working in the meat packing plants of Chicago. These direct experiences exposed the horrific conditions in the U.S. meat packing industry, causing a public uproar that contributed in part to the passage a few months later of the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act. The Jungle has remained continuously in print since its initial publication. In 1919, he published The Brass Check, a muckraking exposé of American journalism that publicized the issue of yellow journalism and the limitations of the “free press” in the United States. Four years after the initial publication of The Brass Check, the first code of ethics for journalists was created. Time magazine called him "a man with every gift except humor and silence." In 1943, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Sinclair also ran unsuccessfully for Congress as a Socialist, and was the Democratic Party nominee for Governor of California in 1934, though his highly progressive campaign was defeated.



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