The day starts off as any normal day on Roach's farm, where Teddy, the farmhouse dog, is doing more productive work than everyone else combined. But the day changes when Roach's farmhand ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Louise - the Farmer's Daughter
Harry Gribbon ...
The Rustic Sweetheart
Roach - the Farmer
James Finlayson ...
The Sportive Banker with the Mortgage
The Man of Mystery
Don Marion ...
The Baby (as John Henry Jr.)
The Faithful Wife
The Faithful Wife's Husband
Dave Anderson ...
Grocery Man
Joseph Belmont ...
The Minister
Eddie Gribbon ...
Banker's Henchman
Kalla Pasha ...
Fanny Kelly ...
Gossipy Villager
Sybil Seely ...
Maid of Honor (as Sibye Trevilla)


The day starts off as any normal day on Roach's farm, where Teddy, the farmhouse dog, is doing more productive work than everyone else combined. But the day changes when Roach's farmhand sees an opportunity to be the knight in shining armor to Louise, Roach's daughter, who he wants to marry. Roach, however will not have his daughter marry a lowly farmhand, although Louise loves the farmhand. It's also rent day, and their landlord - the mortgage holder of the farm - is making his rounds to collect the moneys. He uses his position of power to garner sexual favors from women in return for non-eviction. Having never met Louise, the landlord immediately falls in love with her, who he too wants to marry. Louise hatches a plan to throw off the landlord's unwanted advances. That plan has unintended consequences. Add to the mix Louise's fear of mice, the landlord intercepting an important letter to Roach, a collar salesman and his missing infant son, and it becomes unclear who Roach will allow... Written by Huggo

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Mack Sennett's big new five-reel comedy sensation. (Lobby cards).







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25 April 1920 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En Tur paa Landet  »

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1.33 : 1
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I think Teddy was really the star of this film!
24 September 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Down on the Farm" is a very odd film. It's like two separate films which have been spliced together! One story involves a wonderful dog, Teddy, who practically runs the farm. Seeing him doing so many chores around the farm is wonderful to watch, as he's an AMAZINGLY well trained animal. Additoinally, later in the film, a small child nearly dies and Teddy does some AMAZING stunts to save the kid. You really have to wonder how they did such stunts without severely endangering the kid's life--and looking at the film, I really think they DID put the kid's life in danger for these shots! The other plot involves a young lady (Louise Fazenda) who is the farmer's daughter. Their farmhand loves her but the father would rather see her marry their landlord (James Finlayson). But the landlord is a MAJOR creep--and you know by the end of the film his evil ways will be revealed and poor Louise will get the man she deserves.

All in all, it's hard to imagine that this is a Mack Sennett film. First, it's not a short film like most of the rest of his productions. Second, while it has some funny moments, it's really more a melodrama--and a delightful one at that. In fact, I had a wonderful time watching this well made film--even with its parallel plots. Exciting, clever and cute--this is a nice little film.

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