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The story of Sunnygables and the Babcock family is important for a full understanding of American cultural development in the 20th century. Every American dinner table experienced the ... See full summary »


Jake Gorst


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Credited cast:
Per Pinstrup Andersen Per Pinstrup Andersen ... Himself
Barbara Babcock Payne Barbara Babcock Payne ... Herself
John B. Babcock John B. Babcock ... Himself
Susan Babcock Susan Babcock ... Herself
Isabella Barbargarlo Isabella Barbargarlo ... Shopper #3
Gould Colman Gould Colman ... Himself
Carmen Dutra Carmen Dutra ... Friend #2
Lynn Elliot Lynn Elliot ... Shopper #1
Ryan Elliot Ryan Elliot ... Shopper #7
Sean Elliot Sean Elliot ... Shopper #2
Rebecca Gorst Rebecca Gorst ... Friend #1
Alexander Hirshfeld Alexander Hirshfeld ... Older John
Oliver Keating Oliver Keating ... Farmhand #1
Joe Lockwood Joe Lockwood ... Himself
John Marcham John Marcham ... Himself


The story of Sunnygables and the Babcock family is important for a full understanding of American cultural development in the 20th century. Every American dinner table experienced the changes affected by this farm. The principles and programs developed by H.E. Babcock helped save the American Farm back then and are currently saving farms in other lands. Written by Gorst, Jake

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The story of a family farm that helped shape the nation





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31 August 2006 (USA) See more »

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Ithaca, New York, USA See more »


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$100,000 (estimated)
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Jonamac Productions See more »
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John B. Babcock: Rats are not nice people.
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28 April 2013 | by susan-babcockSee all my reviews

What makes this film so affecting are the first person historic accounts told by the interviewees interspersed with reenacted scenes of a depression-era dairy farm family in the Inlet Valley in Ithaca, NY. The author of the book on which the movie is based came of age in the 30s, growing from age 8 to 18 before going off to college and then WWII. His mother was a natural documentarian, and took many artful and representative photos which are reproduced in the movie. An original film score, winner of a NYS Emmy, accompanies the whole story with poignancy and bounce. Children will enjoy the many kids in the reenactments, including a funny story about a Rat Tree. (Imagine that, if you can!) H.E. Babcock, father of the author John Babcock, was a major figure in NY State dairy farming, and also advised President Roosevelt, along with a consortium of other Cornell professors, on the gold standard, a move that got the country out of the depression. Back when farmers could still be major figures, H.E. also founded the School of Nutrition at Cornell, and served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Cornell for 12 years. Family members and acquaintances of H.E. Babcock are interviewed while younger generations play the roles of their ancestors in realistic and charming scenes on the farm and environs. The scenery is gorgeous, the camera work professional.

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