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Elliott Lester (play) and
Berthold Viertel (adaptation) ...
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Release Date:
1930 (Germany) See more »
A Chicago waitress falls in love with a Minnesota farmer, and decides to face a life in the country. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charles Farrell ... Lem Tustine

Mary Duncan ... Kate

David Torrence ... Mr. J.L. Tustine
Edith Yorke ... Mrs. J.L. Tustine Blair

Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Reaper (as Guinn Williams)

Anne Shirley ... Marie Tustine (as Dawn O'Day)

Tom McGuire ... Matey

Richard Alexander ... Mac
Patrick Rooney ... Butch (as Pat Rooney)

Ed Brady ... Reaper

Roscoe Ates ... Reaper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Marjorie Beebe ... Waitress (uncredited)
Eddie Boland ... Reaper (uncredited)
Joe Brown ... Cafe Patron (uncredited)
Harry Gripp ... Reaper (uncredited)

Mark Hamilton ... Greasy the Reaper (uncredited)
Werner Klingler ... Reaper (uncredited)

Charles Lane ... Man at Train Station (uncredited)
Harry Leonard ... Reaper (uncredited)

Ivan Linow ... Taxicab Driver (uncredited)

Arnold Lucy ... Cafe Patron (uncredited)

Helen Lynch ... Girl on Train (uncredited)
Michael Mark ... Man Standing at Cafe (uncredited)
Jack Pennick ... Reaper (uncredited)

David Rollins ... Reaper (uncredited)
William Sundholm ... Cafe Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
F.W. Murnau 
Writing credits
Elliott Lester  play "The Mud Turtle" and
Berthold Viertel  adaptation &
Marion Orth  adaptation and
Berthold Viertel  scenario &
Marion Orth  scenario and
H.H. Caldwell  titles &
Katherine Hilliker  titles

Elliott Lester  dialogue: sound version

Produced by
William Fox .... presentation producer
Original Music by
Christopher Caliendo (2010)
Arthur Kay (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Ernest Palmer 
Film Editing by
H.H. Caldwell 
Katherine Hilliker 
Costume Design by
Sophie Wachner 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Powolny .... assistant director
William Tummel .... assistant director
Art Department
Harry Oliver .... settings
Edgar G. Ulmer .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Harold Hobson .... sound
Other crew
A.F. Erickson .... director: sound scenes
A.H. Van Buren .... director: sound scenes
Crew believed to be complete

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77 min | Canada:120 min | USA:90 min | West Germany:85 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.19 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System) | Silent
Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1930) | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Passed
Filming Locations:

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The wheat harvest scenes took place near Pendleton, Oregon and the entire cast had to learn how to operate the wheat combine. The combines were pulled by a team of 32 mules.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Each time when Lem's father, Kate, and Mac storm out of the farmhouse after Kate bandages Mac's hand, the shadow of the screen door moves across the "sky" backdrop in the background.See more »


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12 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
This movie you really have to watch..., 13 June 1999
Author: BCPMoon from Göttingen, Germany

Excellent actors, good music, NO STUPID DIALOGUE and a story I was really interested in. The supporting actors had personality, the bad guy was realistic, for a long time the first movie I really had to see all the way to know the ending (happy end? No? Yes? No?). Perhaps a bit too much "Pathos" in the end, but I didn´t care...

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