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The Farmer's Daughter (1947)

 -  Comedy  -  26 March 1947 (USA)
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Katie Holstrom leaves the farm to become a nurse, but is sidetracked into domestic service, romance, and politics.

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Rose Hobart ...
Virginia Thatcher
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Adolph Petree
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Dr. Matthew Sulven
Tom Powers ...
Hy Nordick
William Harrigan ...
Ward C. Hughes
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Olaf Holstrom
Harry Shannon ...
Mr. Holstrom
Keith Andes ...
Sven Holstrom
Thurston Hall ...
Wilbur Johnson
Art Baker ...
Anders J. Finley
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Einar - Campaign Reporter
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Swedish-American farmer's daughter Katrin 'Katie' Holstrom leaves the farm to study nursing in the big, wicked city. Thanks to a chiseling acquaintance, her tuition and expense money disappears the first day, and she's forced to get a job...as a domestic for congressman Glenn Morley. Impressed by her political awareness as well as her many charms and capabilities, Glenn is soon infatuated with Katie, and she with him, but their feelings remain unspoken...until Katie speaks up at a party rally and is abruptly thrust into politics herself. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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26 March 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Katie for Congress  »

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Initially titling their film "Katie for Congress", RKO sought the more suggestive title "The Farmer's Daughter": however, they had to "buy" that title from Paramount Studios who owned the movie of the same name from 1940 starring Martha Raye. See more »

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Agatha Morley: What do you want the public to believe, Mr. Finley?
Anders Finley: To believe in our type of 100% Americanism. Now, a 100% American is...
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Anders Finley: Right!
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Hard-to-Resist; Intelligent, Light-hearted Satire; Postwar Political Romance
3 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

Perhaps this is Loretta Young's best film ever, and best performance ever. This attractive B/W classic satire stars Joseph Cotten as her handsome politico boss, Ethel Barrymore as his understanding mother, and an outstanding cast who support their political and romantic involvements. But Katie Holstrom does not begin this film as a candidate nor anyone's fiancée; she begins it on a farm with her large family with a plan to go to school as a nurse in the big city.What happens next is she leaves, and within one day has been bilked of her savings. The need for a job drives her to seek employment as housemaid to a Congressman, Glenn Morley, played by Cotten, and his mother. Ethel Barrymore. Under the house major-domo Charles Bickford, she proves herself to be possessed of charm, common sense, lively intelligence and honesty--qualities which please well when they are not exasperating her employers, unused to such qualities in a world of politicians. Katrin and Glenn find themselves attracted, despite his having a fiancée (Rose Hobart). But when the party's candidate for Congress has to be dumped, it is Katie who somehow gets chosen to run, and wins. The film's climax is Katie's victory, the ending is the romantic pair's arrival in Washington. The values of this award- winning films are not hidden ones. Milton S. Krasner, cinematography, sets by Darrell Silvers and Harley Miller , Edith Head's costumes and many more contribute to the overall effect. The lighting throughout is like a sunny outdoors; and the actors are outstanding. Along with the leads, the director, H.C. Potter, featured Harry Shannon and Anna Q. Nilsson as Katie's parents, Lex Barker, James Arness and Keith Andes as her brawny brothers, Art Baker, Rhys Williams, William Harrigan, Tom Powers, Thurston Hall and many others. The script by Allen Rivin and Laura Kerr adapts Juhani Tervapää's delightful play seamlessly to the screen. The film's pace is interestingly steady and unhurried, its dialogue good or better at all points. The theme of the plot it to be true to oneself; and the story develops this in terms of a time when an individual could be offered as a candidate on the basis of his/her attributes, not of inherited millions. As refreshing as a summer breeze, and often as delightful. This is a classic of anti- Establishment thinking that is only occasionally political at all. Dservedly popular achievement.

 

 


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