Iowa: A Literary Landscape


The Iowa Landscape and its History in Feature Films:
A Bibliography

Here readers will find a listing of novels set in Iowa that have been made into feature films. Individual entries show versions and actor names; special notes are provided for interest.

For further research, consult the Iowa films bibliography by Morningside College professor Marty S. Knepper and John S. Lawrence, professor emeritus, Morningside College.

Knepper, Marty S., and John S. Lawrence. "Iowa Films, 1918-2002." Annals of Iowa 62 (Winter 2003): 30-100.

NOTE: Film citations indicate original production. More recent versions in DVD or VHS format are also noted.


Aldritch, Bess Streeter. Cheers for Miss Bishop.
*1941 feature film based on Aldritch's novel Miss Bishop (1933).
*Feature film stars Martha Scott, William Gargan, Edmund Gwenn, and Sterling Halloway.

Aldritch, Bess Streeter. Cheers for Miss Bishop. [Los Angeles]: Richard A. Rowland Productions/United Artists, 1941.
*Indianapolis, IN: Kartes Video Communications, 1985, 1984. [VHS]
*Carlsbad, CA: Bridgestone Group, 1993. [VHS]
*Piscataway, NJ: Alpha Video Distributors, 1996. [VHS]
*[U.S.]: Leisure Entertainment, 2000. [VHS]
*Canoga Park, CA: Unicorn Video, 2004. [DVD]

Bissell, Richard. 7 and a Half Cents.
*Novel becomesThe Pajama Game on Broadway.
*Musical made into a feature film starring Doris Day and John Raitt (1957).

Bissell, Richard. The Pajama Game. Burbank,CA: Warner Home Video, 1990, 1957. [VHS]
*Burbank, CA: Warner Home Video, 1999. [VHS]
*Burbank, CA: Warner Home Video, 1999. [DVD]
*Woodland Hills, CA: Westlake Entertainment Group, 2003. [DVD]
*Burbank, CA: Warner Home Video, 2005. [DVD]

Drury, Tom. The Driftless Area.
*Novel made into 2016 feature film starring Anton Yelchin, Zooey Deschanel, and John Hawkes.

Drury, Tom. The Driftless Area. Culver City, CA: Sony Pictures, [2016].

Hedges, Peter. What's Eating Gilbert Grape.
*Novel made into 1993 feature starring Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis, and Mary Steenburgen.

Hedges, Peter. What's Eating Gilbert Grape. Hollywood, CA: Paramount, 1993.
*Hollywood, CA: Paramount, 1998. [VHS]
*Hollywood, CA: Paramount, 2001. [VHS]
*Hollywood, CA: Paramount, 2001. [DVD]
*Hollywood, CA: Paramount, 2006. [DVD]

Heinlein, Robert A. The Puppet Masters.
*Novel made into 1994 feature film with Donald Sutherland, Eric Thal, and Julie Warner.

Heinlein, Robert A. The Puppet Masters. [Burbank, CA]: Buena Vista Home Video, 1995.[VHS]
*[Burbank, CA]: Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 2002. [DVD]

Kantor, MacKinlay. Glory for Me.
*Novel becomes the 1946 Oscars' Best Picture Film The Best Years of Our Lives.
*Feature film stars Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Dana Andrews, and Virginia Mayo.

Kantor, MacKinlay. The Best Years of Our Lives. Los Angeles, CA: Embassy Home Entertainment, 1985. [VHS]
*[U.S.]: Nelson Entertainment, 1987. [VHS]
*Los Angeles, CA: Embassy Home Entertainment, 1987. [VHS]
*New York: HBO Video, 1991. [VHS]
*New York: HBO Video, 1992. [VHS]
*New York: HBO Video, 1997. [DVD]
*Santa Monica, CA: MGM Home Entertainment, 2000. [DVD]

Kantor, MacKinlay. Happy Land.
*Novel made into 1943 feature film starring Don Ameche, Frances Dee, and Harry Carey.

Kantor, MacKinlay. Happy Land. Los Angeles, Twentieth Century Fox, 1943.

Kinsella, W.P. Shoeless Joe.
*Novel made into 1989 feature film Field of Dreams starring Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta, Burt Lancaster, and Amy Madigan.

Field of Dreams. Universal City, CA: MCA Home Video, 1992. [VHS]
*Universal City, CA: Universal Home Video, 1998. [DVD]
*Universal City, CA: Universal, 1999. [VHS]
*Universal City, CA: Universal, 2004. [DVD]

Price, Nancy. Sleeping with the Enemy.
*Novel made into 1991 feature film starring Julia Roberts and Patrick Bergin.

Price, Nancy. Sleeping with the Enemy. Beverly Hills, CA: Fox Video, 1991.[VHS]
*Los Angeles, CA: Fox Video, 2000. [VHS]
*Los Angeles, CA: Fox Video, 2003. [DVD]

Smiley, Jane. A Thousand Acres.
*Novel made into 1997 feature film starring Jessica Lange, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Jason Robards.

Smiley, Jane. A Thousand Acres. Burbank, CA: Touchstone Home Video, 1997. [VHS]
*Burbank, CA: Touchstone Home Video, 1998. [DVD]

Spence, Hartzell. One Foot in Heaven.
*Novel made into 1941 feature film starring Fredric March, Martha Scott, Beulah Bondi, and Gene Lockhart.

Spence, Hartzell. One Foot in Heaven. Los Angeles: Warner Brothers, 1941. [VHS]

Spragg, Mark. An Unfinished Life.
*2005 feature film based on Spragg's novel An Unfinished Life: A Novel. (2004)
*Feature film stars Robert Redford, Jennifer Lopez, and Morgan Freeman.

Spragg, Mark. An Unfinished Life. Burbank, CA: Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 2006. [DVD]

Stong, Philip Duffield. Career.
*Novel made into 1939 feature film starring Ann Shirley, Edward Ellis, and Samuel S. Hinds.

Stong, Philip Duffield. Career. Los Angeles: RKO Pictures, 1939.

Stong, Philip Duffield. Farmer in the Dell.
*Novel produced as 1936 feature film starring Fred Stone, Jean Parker, and Esther Dale.

Stong, Philip Duffield. Farmer in the Dell. Los Angeles: RKO Pictures, 1936.

Stong, Philip Duffield. State Fair.
**Novel produced as three feature films:

*(1933) Feature version stars Janet Gaynor and comedian Will Rogers.
Stong, Philip Duffield. State Fair. [Claremore, OK]: Will Rogers, Memorial, 1994, 1933 [VHS].

*(1945) Feature version stars Jeanne Crain and Dana Andrews.
Stong, Philip Duffield. State Fair. Los Angeles: CBS/Fox Video, 1990. [VHS]
*Beverly Hills, CA: FoxVideo, 1994. [VHS]
*Beverly Hills, CA: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 1999. [VHS]
*Beverly Hills, CA: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 1999. [DVD]
*Beverly Hills, CA: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2005. [DVD]
*Beverly Hills, CA: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2006. [DVD]

*(1962) Feature version stars Pat Boone and Pamela Tiffin.
Stong, Philip Duffield. State Fair. Livonia, MI: CBS/Fox Video, 1988, 1962.

Stong, Philip Duffield. Stranger's Return.
*Novel made into 1933 feature film starring Lionel Barrymore, Miriam Hopkins, and Franchot Tone.

Stong, Philip Duffield. Stranger's Return. Los Angeles: MGM Studios, 1933.

Waller, Robert James. The Bridges of Madison County.
*Novel made into a 1995 feature film starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep.

Waller, Robert James. The Bridges of Madison County. Burbank, CA: Warner Home Video, 1995. [VHS]
*Burbank, CA: Warner Home Video, 1996. [VHS]
*Burbank, CA: Warner Home Video, 1997. [DVD]
*Burbank, CA: Warner Home Video, 2000. [VHS]

Willson, Meredith. The Music Man.
*Novel made into 1962 feature film starring Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, and Ron Howard.

Willson, Meredith. The Music Man. Burbank, CA: Warner Home Video, 1986, 1961.[VHS]
*Burbank, CA: Warner Home Video, 1991. [VHS]
*Burbank, CA: Warner Home Video, 1998. [VHS]
*Burbank, CA: Warner Home Video, 1999. [DVD]

Iowa Literary Landscape

Editor's Forward

Preface

Introduction

Recent Project Additions

Adult Books A-F

Adult Books G-H

Adult Books I-R

Adult Books S-Z

Short Stories & Novellas

Children's Books

Young Adult Books

All Authors

All Titles

Iowa Towns

Iowa Counties

Iowa Regions

References

Appendix: Landscape Literature

Appendix: Poetry Sources

Appendix: Feature Films

Appendix: Electronic Works

Appendix: Audio Works

Appendix: Non-English Editions

Appendix: Iowa Folklore

Endnote


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