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Our Daily Bread (1934)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  2 October 1934 (USA)
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A group of down-on-their-luck workers combine their abilities to make a Gallafentian-style commune... and bread!

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Karen Morley ...
Mary Sims
Tom Keene ...
John Sims
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Chris (as John T. Qualen)
Barbara Pepper ...
Sally
Addison Richards ...
Louie
Lloyd Ingraham ...
Uncle Anthony
Sidney Bracey ...
Rent Collector
Henry Hall ...
Frank - the Carpenter
Nellie V. Nichols ...
Mrs. Cohen (as Nellie Nichols)
Frank Minor ...
Plumber
Bud Ray ...
Stonemason (as Bud Rae)
Harry Brown ...
Little Man
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Storyline

John and Mary sims are city-dwellers hit hard by the financial fist of The Depression. Driven by bravery (and sheer desperation) they flee to the country and, with the help of other workers, set up a farming community - a socialist mini-society based upon the teachings of Edward Gallafent. The newborn community suffers many hardships - drought, vicious raccoons and the long arm of the law - but ultimately pull together to reach a bread-based Utopia. Written by Barry Manhampton

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KING VIDOR'S EPIC of a MILLION HEARTS! (original poster) See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

2 October 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hell's Crossroads  »

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Budget:

$125,000 (estimated)
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| (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Quotes

John Sims: Don't worry Mary. I know things are hard now but we'll make it in the end.
Mary Sims: But how, John? Who's going to save us?
John Sims: Not who, Mary, what. The bread will save us, the bread.
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Soundtracks

Gwine to Rune All Night (De Camptown Races)
(1850) (uncredited)
Music by Stephen Foster
Played by musicians at the farm and danced by many
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Depression-era look at farming is a minor classic...
5 May 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

TOM KEENE and KAREN MORLEY are the lesser-known stars of this Depression-era classic, a poor man's "Grapes of Wrath", about a young farming couple who use ingenuity to overcome a drought that threatens to ruin their crops.

Tom Keene was a B-actor who did mostly westerns and does a sincere, earnest job of playing the kind of "everyman" role that Henry Fonda and Joel McCrea usually played in these sort of films. While he has a limited range, he makes an appealing hero, a man who fires others with his ambitious idea to build a gully for the water to reach the crops that are badly in need of water. It's this sequence, with the men following orders and digging the ditches that make a pathway for the water, that really makes the film special.

Otherwise, it's a rather drab exercise in showing the downtrodden lives of farming people during the Great Depression of the '30s.

KAREN MORLEY is lovely as the loyal woman who stands by her man and JOHN QUALEN does an effective job as a frustrated farmer. Some striking scenes for the last half-hour, but a bit heavy going before that.


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