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The Farmer Takes a Wife (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 2 August 1935 (USA)
Charming love story set on the Erie Canal in the mid-19th Century. A farmer works on the canal to earn money to buy a farm. He meets a cook on a canal boat, but she can't even consider ... See full summary »

Director:

Victor Fleming

Writers:

Walter D. Edmonds (novel), Marc Connelly (play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Janet Gaynor ... Molly Larkins
Henry Fonda ... Dan Harrow
Charles Bickford ... Jotham Klore
Slim Summerville ... Fortune Friendly
Andy Devine ... Elmer Otway
Roger Imhof Roger Imhof ... Samson 'Sam' Weaver
Jane Withers ... Della
Margaret Hamilton ... Lucy Gurget
Sig Ruman ... Blacksmith (as Siegfried Rumann)
John Qualen ... Sol Tinker
Kitty Kelly ... Ivy
Robert Gleckler ... Fisher - Freight Agent
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Charming love story set on the Erie Canal in the mid-19th Century. A farmer works on the canal to earn money to buy a farm. He meets a cook on a canal boat, but she can't even consider leaving the exciting life on the canal for a banal one on a farm... Written by Ed Lorusso <elorusso@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Noiva do Camponês See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonora, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Henry Fonda and Charles Bickford appear together in this, Fonda's first film. They would not appear together again until A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966) which turned out to be Bickford's last film. See more »

Goofs

The map shown at the beginning of the movie contains several errors for the 1850s, including showing West Virginia as a separate state. The second map shows an arrangement of European states that would not be valid until 1871. See more »

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Referenced in The Waltons: The Bicycle (1973) See more »

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Janet Gaynor Takes Henry Fonda to Town
8 April 2010 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

In 1853 upstate New York, sweet 'n' bossy Janet Gaynor (as Molly Larkins) admires boatmen laboring along the Erie Canal, but frowns upon railroad-loving farmers like handsome Henry Fonda (as Dan Harrow), who only wants to work on the canal until he can buy a farm. Despite their differences, Mr. Fonda and Ms. Gaynor are obviously smitten with each other. Fonda wants Gaynor to cook for him, rather than boozy boating rival Charles Bickford (as Jotham Klore). But, Gaynor wants Fonda show he can be strong 'n' rough.

The crew at Fox created Award-worthy sets and locations for this film, which photographer Ernest Palmer and director Victor Fleming display beautifully. More about gender roles than farm and boatmen, the story is very silly. Yet, Gaynor elevates it by using cooking as a metaphor for sex. She and Fonda, reprising his stage success as a debut film appearance, are a radiant couple. And, the supporting cast is excellent. Watch out for veteran actor Robert Warwick (as Junius Brutus Booth) and his politically-interested young son.

******* The Farmer Takes a Wife (8/2/35) Victor Fleming ~ Janet Gaynor, Henry Fonda, Charles Bickford, Slim Summerville


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