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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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Charles Farrell ... Lem Tustine

Mary Duncan ... Kate

David Torrence ... Mr. Turstine
Edith Yorke ... Mrs. Tustine

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

Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Reaper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

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

Mark Hamilton ... Hungry Reaper (uncredited)
Werner Klingler ... (silent version) (uncredited)

Charles Lane ... Train Station Pedestrian (uncredited)
Harry Leonard ... (silent version) (uncredited)

Ivan Linow ... Taxicab Driver (uncredited)

Arnold Lucy ... Cafe Patron (uncredited)

Helen Lynch ... Girl on Train (uncredited)
Michael Mark ... Man Waiting to be Seated in cafe (uncredited)
Jack Pennick ... Reaper (uncredited)
David Rollins ... Reper (silent version) (uncredited)
William Sundholm ... Cafe Patron (silent version) (uncredited)

Directed by
F.W. Murnau 
Writing credits
Elliott Lester (play "The Mud Turtle")

Marion Orth (scenario) and
Berthold Viertel (scenario)

Marion Orth (adaptation) and
Berthold Viertel (adaptation)

H.H. Caldwell (titles) and
Katherine Hilliker (titles)

Elliott Lester (dialogue: sound version)

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
William Fox .... presenter
A.H. Van Buren .... director: sound scenes

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77 min | Canada:120 min | USA:90 min (silent version) | 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:Not Rated
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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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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Magical Murnau!, 21 June 1999
Author: David Atfield ( from Canberra, Australia

Was Murnau the greatest director ever? His life was cut short by a car accident in 1931, when he was 42 years old. What magical films he would have made had he lived.

"City Girl" is a fairly conventional story of a young man from the country who falls in love with a waitress on his first trip to the city. He marries her and brings her home to a hostile father. But Murnau takes this material and turns it into an expressionist exploration of sexuality, powering it with a theme of "it's not where we live but how we live". Within a world of hostile shadows and menacing crowds real people live and breathe in brilliant naturalistic performances. Farrell and Duncan are amazingly good. And even the smallest part is played with vivid life.

But the real star is Murnau's startling direction. Tracking shots years ahead of their time - watch the scene where the couple run through a field of wheat - extraordinary point of view shots, and remarkable shots of and in fast moving wagons. The frightening city seen in "Sunrise" is here again - with trains and crowds obscuring vision and soot on the pot plants. And then there is the beauty of the countryside and the harvesting of wheat.

Murnau made what I believe to be the best silent film ever with "Sunrise" in 1927. With "City Girl" he comes close to matching it. A must. I saw the original silent version which runs at 90 minutes. Apparently a shorter talkie version also exists.

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