John Steinbeck, whose stories of the downtrodden, especially The Grapes of Wrath,
have tugged the heart-strings of generations of readers and moviegoers, turns his attention in THE PEARL to the west coast of Mexico and the fishermen who earn their livelihood by the grace of the sea. THE
PEARL was not a hit at the box office but it remains one of the best pictures ever to come out of RKO. Its allegorical and didactic content may have been what turned off audiences more accustomed to a straightforward story and movies that sought only to entertain. Armendariz, a fisherman, finds a
huge, perfect pearl, a treasure that he believes will change his life, bring him...