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Farmer Sweetland is a lonely old widower. He is determined to marry again and he enlists the help of his housekeeper Minta to pick a wife from the local single women. Written by
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I've always been a huge fan of Hitchcock's early works, especially "The 39 Steps" and "The Lady Vanishes." I especially love the glimpses of country life--the cruel Calvinist husband, the Swiss speaking Romansche. But I hadn't realized that even earlier he made comedies. Now with new DVD releases I can discover them, and I recommend you do too. So far I've also seen "Rich and Strange," which was slow, but a fun precursor to "Mr. and Mrs. Smith."
The Farmer's Wife is my favorite so far. The opening...was there ever a more idyllic farm? A more amusing death scene? Cuter puppies? A more curmudgeonly farm hand? These little touches set the scene and kept me interested in the progression of a story whose ending we know from the start. It can be slow, and I really appreciated having it on DVD so I could FF x2 through the long scenes, but overall I enjoyed the whole package very much. My enjoyment was often overwhelmed by the sad story of Lillian Hall-Davis's tragic death and her son's involvement. Very sad. She was perfect in this role. Jameson Thomas (King Westley in "It Happened One Night") was very good, and all the supporting players were terrific. 8/10.
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