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The Farmer's Daughter (1947)

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

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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
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Sven Holstrom
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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)  »

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Katie for Congress  »

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1.37 : 1
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In The Farmer's Daughter (1947), Katrin Holstrom (Loretta Young) reads the story of the townsfolk who place their beloved doctor's office shingle as a monument on his tomb: "Dr. Sorensen: Upstairs". Essentially the same scene occurs in Dreaming Out Loud (1940) where Lum and Abner place the "Dr. Walter Barnes: Office Upstairs" shingle on the good doctor's tomb. See more »

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Katrin Holstrom: [Clearing her throat, then reading] Mr. President: Today I don't want to make a speech. I want to tell you a story about a doctor named Sorenson, who lived in a small town. He was a good doctor, but the rich people in this town didn't like him because he told them the truth a little too often about their imaginary sicknesses.
[She looks up at Clancy, who smiles and motions her to go on]
Katrin Holstrom: Things got bad for Dr. Sorenson, and he moved across the tracks to the poor section of town where people needed...
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Featured in The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) See more »

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Row, Row, Row
Music by James V. Monaco
Lyrics by William Jerome
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Love and politics - two things which never change.
17 May 2001 | by (Silver Spring, MD) – See all my reviews

When a senator dies in office, Congressman Morley and his fellow party leaders have to come up with a candidate to run in the election to replace him. Everyone is agreement, accept for Morley's second maid. A Swedish-American farm girl who came to the city to become a nurse, she had to take temporary jobs when she was conned out of her tuition money. Not nearly as naive or helpless as she appeared, she was quickly given a permanent position at the Morley household. She isn't one to hold back on expressing her own political views, and by the end of the movie she's running against the Morley political machine even as she is finding romance with Congressman Morley.

The movie is a bit dated, but because of the excellent script and acting it still manages to be a fresh and amusing comedy. The political satire is much more restrained then what modern audiences are used to, but the topics haven't aged at all. You've got two parties with no obvious ideological differences engaged in partisan bickering and mudslinging while a small group of wealthy and powerful men decide who is going to run for office. Integrity takes a back seat to party politics and favors. Even an unnamed white supremacy group rears its ugly head. When asked what type of politician she would be, the farmer's daughter tells us exactly what she would not be - a typical politician who only represents the wealthy people who financed their campaign and the powerful elite who backed them. Has anything actually changed in the last 50 years?


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