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The Farmer's Wife (1928)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  4 January 1930 (USA)
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After his daughter weds, a middle-aged widower with a profitable farm decides to remarry but finds choosing a suitable mate a problematic process.

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Complete credited cast:
Jameson Thomas ...
Lillian Hall-Davis ...
Araminta Dench, his Housekeeper (as Lilian Hall-Davis)
Gordon Harker ...
Gibb McLaughlin ...
Maud Gill ...
Louie Pounds ...
Olga Slade ...
Ruth Maitland ...
Antonia Brough ...
Susan
Haward Watts ...
Mollie Ellis ...
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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 Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Filmed in 1927, not released until 1928. See more »

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After being rejected by Louisa, Farmer Sweetland's horse changes position in between shots as he mounts it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sibley Sweetland: ...and don't forget to air your Master's pants, 'Minta.
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Charming glimpse into a time gone by
20 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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