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City Girl (1930)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 1930 (Germany)
A Chicago waitress falls in love with a Minnesota farmer, and decides to face a life in the country.

Director:

F.W. Murnau

Writers:

Elliott Lester (play), Berthold Viertel (adaptation) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Farrell ... Lem Tustine
Mary Duncan ... Kate
David Torrence ... Mr. J.L. Tustine
Edith Murgatroyd Edith Murgatroyd ... Mrs. J.L. Tustine Blair (as Edith Yorke)
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Reaper (as Guinn Williams)
Anne Shirley ... Marie Tustine (as Dawn O'Day)
Tom McGuire ... Matey
Richard Alexander ... Mac
Patrick Rooney Patrick Rooney ... Butch (as Pat Rooney)
Ed Brady ... Reaper
Roscoe Ates ... Reaper
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Storyline

Lem goes to Chicago to sell the wheat his family has grown on their farm in Minnesota. There he meets the waitress Kate. They fall in love and get married before going back to the farm. Kate is accepted by Lem's mother and kid sister but is rejected by his father, who believes she married for the money. (And the fact that Lem didn't get a fair price for the wheat is her fault too). The reapers arrive and quickly they make things even more complicated by making their move on Kate. Lem misunderstands the situation and believes Kate is actually interested. In despair Kate leaves the farm and Lem goes looking for her. Written by Frank Dabelstein <frank@dabelstein.dk>

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Drama | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1930 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Our Daily Bread See more »

Filming Locations:

Athena, Oregon, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.19 : 1
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Trivia

Assuming its copyright has not lapsed already, this film and all others produced in 1930 enter the U.S. public domain in 2026. See more »

Goofs

Each time when Lem's father, Kate, and Mac storm out of the farmhouse after Kate bandages Mac's hand, the shadow of the screen door moves across the "sky" backdrop in the background. See more »

Quotes

Kate: Life on a farm must be wonderful!
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Alternate Versions

There is a silent version, shot by F.W. Murnau, and a part-talkie sound version, with music and parts re-shot by two directors hired by the studio, after Murnau's refusal to do so. The sound version is now considered lost. The silent version was restored and edited in DVD and Blu-Ray with an original score added in August 2008. See more »

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Stunning and Unforgettable!
15 August 2009 | by jery-tillotson-1See all my reviews

I was so astonished by this movie that as soon as "The End" came up, I started watching it all over again. For one thing, the restoration of this forgotten classic was so stunning it was like watching a black and white movie made an hour ago. Each scene simply glowed with amazing grays and whites and charcoals. Mary Duncan as the 'City Gir' was absolutely enchanting. She was a sweet, young girl who was also feisty and was so believable and likable that she became someone you'd love to know. The movie's great loss is that she made only one other movie, 'Morning Glory" before leaving the screen to marry millionaire polo player. She only died recently at the age of 92 She was matched by silent screen great Charles Farrell who had t difficult role of Lem, who was also simple, sweet but manly, too. Although released in l930, this film confirms how incredibly smooth and profound silent movies had become. Director Murnau brilliantly cast and directed this amazing drama--proving to one and all what a profound loss silent movies became when they were overtaken by those noisy talkies. You should definitely check out this masterpiece and be amazed


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