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Charming love story set on the Erie Canal in the mid-19th Century. A farmer works on the canal to earn money to buy a farm. He meets a cook on a canal boat, but she can't even consider ... See full summary »



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Dan Harrow
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Roger Imhof ...
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Lucy Gurget
Sig Ruman ...
Blacksmith (as Siegfried Rumann)
Sol Tinker
Kitty Kelly ...
Robert Gleckler ...
Fisher - Freight Agent


Charming love story set on the Erie Canal in the mid-19th Century. A farmer works on the canal to earn money to buy a farm. He meets a cook on a canal boat, but she can't even consider leaving the exciting life on the canal for a banal one on a farm... Written by Ed Lorusso <>

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2 August 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Noiva do Camponês  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Henry Fonda's debut film. See more »


The map shown at the beginning of the movie contains several errors for the 1850s, including showing West Virginia as a separate state. The second map shows an arrangement of European states that would not be valid until 1871. See more »


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Henry Fonda and Andy Devine
4 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

Charles Bickford plays a muscular canal worker who fights his way through a community who enjoy watching a fight. It's like being at school where pupils relish the prospect of watching a fight in the playground.

Henry Fonda makes his film debut in this Victor Fleming directed offering. He enters the scene as a passive farmer with no presence or personality. Janet Gaynor plays a charming cook with a half smile that Fonda falls for.

Andy Devine plays a supporting role as his usual self.

The tension between Bickford and Fonda doesn't ring true. They are not a match of equals, nor do you believe that Fonda would win a fight with Bickford. The film should have started with Bickford beating Fonda in a fight, and then the rest of the film having Fonda evolve into a man and a equal that can challenge and win a fight with Bickford. Fonda didn't prove himself in this film, and it was obviously a vehicle for him to be launched into Hollywood.

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