In the English countryside, young woman Mary Viner has an opportunity to marry Arnold Furze, the hard working but lonely owner of the oddly named Doomsday Farm. He sacrifices a treasured ... See full summary »

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In the English countryside, young woman Mary Viner has an opportunity to marry Arnold Furze, the hard working but lonely owner of the oddly named Doomsday Farm. He sacrifices a treasured stand of old trees to afford to bring the farm up-to-date for her, but when she considers the hard work she'll do, marries the rich but otherwise inadequate local banker, to her regret. Written by WesternOne

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A Life of Work for a Life of Love
19 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mary Viner (Florence Vidor) has worked all of her life to support herself and her father (Charles A. Stevenson), and she hates housework. It seems that marriage is the only way to escape the mundane life she lives, and she has two prospects. One is a local farmer named Arnold (Gary Cooper), a good-looking man who Mary is severely attracted to. The other is a wealthy older man (Lawrence Grant) who can provide Mary with a life of luxury. Mary is torn between a life of hard work filled with love and a life of no responsibility without love.

Director Herr Rowland V. Lee does an excellent job of editing here. His use of odd close-ups, like that of a man's torso with no head or just a person's eyes, make for interesting viewing. The photography is beautiful. Cooper fans seeing this film simply to see their favorite star will not be disappointed. He is strikingly beautiful in this film. But it also has a good story and a charming star in Vidor.


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