AGAIN PIONEERS (1950) Imagine a B-movie version of TheGrapes of Wrath, only set 10 years later, and featuring asterling cast of veteran Hollywood talent both behind and infront of the camera. The Joad family is superseded here bythe Ashby family, and the focus is on the challenges of poormigrant children and hypocrisies in the American dream. Thestory is set in 'Fairview,' a growing post-war communitythat promotes itself as 'The Friendly Town.' Friendly thatis if you happen to live on the right side of the tracks andnot in a squalid migrant camp on the other side known as'Patch Town.' While driving through Fairview, the Ashby'sdilapidated old car breaks down in front of prominentFairview attorney and community leader Ken Keeler. The stageis set for conflict between the economic classes along withplenty of high drama. The affluential citizens of Fairviewdisdain the poor and dispossessed, whom they fear willfoster crime, disease and even Communism. At a town hallmeeting the citizens denounce the Patch, and lawyer Ken isassigned the task of finding a solution prior to the nextmeeting in two weeks time. Ken visits the Patch and isappalled at the dire poverty, but equally moved by thegenuine faith and decency of the migrant residents. Ken'sdaughter Sallie, who is deeply religious and committed tosocial change, speaks out on behalf of the Patch children,as does younger son Kenny, who too is moved by the plight ofthe children in the camp. At the next meeting, Ken speaks ofhaving rediscovered the American dream and his Christianvalues. But how will the citizen's respond? Produced by theProtestant Film Commission.