MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 8,404 this week

The Good Earth (1937)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance  -  6 August 1937 (USA)
7.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.9/10 from 3,184 users  
Reviews: 52 user | 20 critic

The story of a farmer in China: a story of humility and bravery. His father gives Wang Lung a freed slave as wife. By diligence and frugality the two manage to enlarge their property. But ... See full summary »

Directors:

, (uncredited) , 2 more credits »

Writers:

(screen play), (screen play), 3 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Sundance 2015

Watch our IMDb & AIV Sundance Studio Interviews with Keith Simanton

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 33 titles
created 28 Sep 2010
 
a list of 24 titles
created 23 Mar 2011
 
a list of 27 titles
created 15 Sep 2011
 
a list of 35 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 30 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Good Earth" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Good Earth (1937)

The Good Earth (1937) on IMDb 7.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Good Earth.

User Polls

Won 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In 1845 Vienna, Johann Strauß II - Schani to his friends - would rather write and perform waltzes than anything else, this at a time when a waltz is not considered proper society music. ... See full summary »

Directors: Julien Duvivier, Victor Fleming, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Luise Rainer, Fernand Gravey, Miliza Korjus
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A male Polish secret agent and a female Russian secret-police spy smuggle messages to St. Petersburg in candlesticks. While chasing after stolen candlesticks they discover each other's ... See full summary »

Director: George Fitzmaurice
Stars: William Powell, Luise Rainer, Robert Young
The Gambler (1997)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

It's about a guy who gambles. That's pretty much it.

Director: Károly Makk
Stars: Michael Gambon, Jodhi May, Polly Walker
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The biography of the pioneering French microbiologist who helped revolutionize agriculture and medicine.

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: Paul Muni, Josephine Hutchinson, Anita Louise
The Toy Wife (1938)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The beautiful and frivolous wife of a plantation owner in antebellum Louisiana, proves unsatisfactory at running the household, leading her serious-minded husband to enlist the help of her unmarried sister.

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Luise Rainer, Melvyn Douglas, Robert Young
Big City (1937)
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

To avoid a taxi war, city officials blame a gang bombing on driver Joe Benton's wife Anna and put her on a ship to deport her. The mayor is speaker at a boxers' banquet where Joe pleads for... See full summary »

Directors: Frank Borzage, George B. Seitz
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Luise Rainer, Charley Grapewin
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Aspiring actress Louise Muban attends the prestigious Paris School of Drama during the day and works at a dreary factory assembling gas meters at night. She daydreams and "acts" her way ... See full summary »

Director: Robert B. Sinclair
Stars: Luise Rainer, Paulette Goddard, Alan Marshal
Hostages (1943)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Frank Tuttle
Stars: Luise Rainer, Arturo de Córdova, William Bendix
Escapade (1935)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Stars: William Powell, Luise Rainer, Frank Morgan
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Mahmoud Zulfikar
Stars: Kamal Al-Shennawi
Sehnsucht 202 (1932)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A musical comedy set in Vienna. The title refers to the name of a perfume. Two young women reply to newspaper advertisements but their replies are confused. The two young directors of the ... See full summary »

Director: Max Neufeld
Stars: Magda Schneider, Fritz Schulz, Luise Rainer
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Carl Boese
Stars: Attila Hörbiger, Herbert Hübner, Hans Olden
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
Tilly Losch ...
...
Jessie Ralph ...
Cuckoo
Soo Yong ...
...
Elder Son
Roland Lui ...
Younger Son
Suzanna Kim ...
Little Fool
Ching Wah Lee ...
Harold Huber ...
Cousin
Olaf Hytten ...
William Law ...
Gateman
Mary Wong ...
Little Bride
Edit

Storyline

The story of a farmer in China: a story of humility and bravery. His father gives Wang Lung a freed slave as wife. By diligence and frugality the two manage to enlarge their property. But then a famine forces them to leave their land and live in the town. However it turns out to be a blessing in disguise for them... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

farmer | famine | slave | money | city | See All (253) »

Taglines:

China . . . . Land of unrest . . . tomorrow they may Starve !

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

6 August 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die gute Erde  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,800,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

(Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Victor Adams, who was Paul Muni's stand-in, also played Wang Lung (Muni's character) in long shots when Muni went AWOL from the set. See more »

Goofs

When Wang Lung looks up and notices the second wind during the locus scene you can see a man walking in the background from left to right wearing normal clothes and a white hat and smoking what looks like a cigar. See more »

Quotes

Ching: Hunger makes men mad.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The type-style used appears to be lettering hammered into brass. Even the style of the letters seems to be from china or Asia. Note the style on "N" and "O". See more »

Connections

Referenced in M*A*S*H: Of Moose and Men (1975) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Good Stuff, Perhaps A Re-Make Some Day?
2 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a bit long (2 hours, 20 minutes) but it had a a lot of the famous Pearl Buck novel in it. In other words, a lot of ground to cover.

It was soap-operish at times but had some visually dramatic moments, too, capped off by a locust attack at the end of the film. That was astounding to view. Considering this film is about 70 years old, the special-effects crew on this film did a spectacular job.

Paul Muni and Luise Rainer were award-winning actors in their day and they don't disappoint here, both giving powerful performances. The only problem is credibility as all the Asians are played by Caucasions and some of them, like Walter Connolly, just don't look real. I'd like to see a re-make of this movie with all-Asian actors, not for PC reasons but to simply make the story look and sound more credible.


23 of 36 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Meryl Streep look-a-like? thewinkens
Comparison to Book? greeneyes49505
Best Line! Makes me cry. profprimbud
I disagree about the race issue... loyaltubist
DVD of "The Good Earth" may be coming! gregcouture
Locust Scene spin73
Discuss The Good Earth (1937) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?