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In 1884 lumberman Barney Glasgow leaves his true love, saloon singer Lotta Morgan, to marry Emma Louise, his boss's daughter. His buddy Swan Bostrom marries Lotta instead. Barney becomes a lumber magnate by stripping the Wisconsin forests, without re-planting. After 23 years, Barney finally visits Swan. Lotta has died, but Barney is smitten by their daughter Lotta Bostrom, who looks almost like her mother. His lavish attentions to Lotta create gossip and a rivalry between Barney and his son Richard. Written by
Frances Farmer should have received at least an Academy Award nomination.
At 22 Frances Farmer gave the greatest performance of her career, playing two roles. She should have at least received an Academy Award nomination for two difficult and different roles. I like her best as Lotta Bostrom- the young but ambitious innocent. Edward Arnold is perfect as the ambitious lumberjack and then business tycoon who falls for the the two Lottas. The drama of the older man falling for and obsessed for the young girl is a familiar one, but Farmer and Arnold give it something special. The other leads- Joel McCrea and Walter Brennan are also great in thir roles. The movie is a fair bit different from the book by Edna Ferber.
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