The Farmer's Daughter (1947)

Unrated  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Virginia Thatcher
Adolph Petree
Dr. Matthew Sulven
Tom Powers ...
Hy Nordick
William Harrigan ...
Ward C. Hughes
Olaf Holstrom
Harry Shannon ...
Mr. Holstrom
Keith Andes ...
Sven Holstrom
Thurston Hall ...
Wilbur Johnson
Art Baker ...
Anders J. Finley
Einar - Campaign Reporter


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 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 <>

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Release Date:

26 March 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Katie for Congress  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Charming story and performances.
15 January 2010 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

It's taken me a while to finally appreciate the charms of Loretta Young, who has never stood out this much in any other movie I've seen her in. It's no wonder she picked up an Oscar for this role. Here she plays a Swedish immigrant - replete with a braided pigtail around her head - who, through a series of events, finds herself a maid in the household of a US congressman, and subsequently, as a nominee to be a congresswoman as well.

It's a charming story in itself, but I also loved the performances. Besides Young, this movie also showcased Joseph Cotten as a romantic lead - a role I've never seen him in, and Ethel Barrymore - a grande dame of stage and screen - is perfection in her role as a kingmaker. It's remarkable that all three actors managed to stand out without overshadowing each other.

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