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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
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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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A Gal Who Really Goes To Town ! See more »

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Katie for Congress  »

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1.37 : 1
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 15, 1951 with Loretta Young and Joseph Cotten reprising their film roles. See more »

Quotes

Van: [to Katrin] Your friend Schmiztlap was strictly second rate.
Katrin Holstrom: Oh no sir. Mr Schmiztlap was not second rate. He was first rate with a second rate party.
Van: Boing.
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Version of The Farmer's Daughter (1963) See more »

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Row, Row, Row
Music by James V. Monaco
Lyrics by William Jerome
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Katie For Congress
26 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

The Farmer's Daughter is a disarmingly charming comedy from the late forties featuring an Oscar-winning performance by Loretta Young in the title role, as a farm-girl turned housemaid in a congressman's family who steals her boss's heart. The rest of the cast give nicely tuned performance, with no real hamming from anyone, which in the case of Ethel Barrymore as the family matriarch, is somewhat surprising, as she tended to overdo it with her eyes and that patrician voice,--but not here. Joseph Cotten's natural good natured goofiness works well in the film, and like Miss Barrymore, he reins himself in more than usual here. Charles Bickford as the butler is fine also. The best performance in the movie for my money, though, is that of Rhys Williams, as an amorous and amoral house-painter who is also the villain of the piece. Director Hank Potter paces the film well, and the sets are excellently designed and beautiful to behold, especially that of the main house. There's a lot of surface intelligence in the movie, if not much real braininess despite, near the end, its attempt to wring some Capraesque meaning from its slight story. A very good but not great film, this one's worth seeing for what passed for upper echelon if not quite top of the line entertainment a half century or more ago.


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