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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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Hy Nordick
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Ward C. Hughes
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Olaf Holstrom
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Mr. Holstrom
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Sven Holstrom
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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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The screen rights were initially bought by David O. Selznick. He intended to make it a vehicle for Ingrid Bergman. She declined the role, however. He tried to cast either Dorothy McGuire or Sonja Henie, but eventually sold the rights to RKO Radio Pictures. See more »

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Agatha Morley: What do you do, Katrin?
Katrin Holstrom: Well, at home I do everything. Make six beds every morning. Do washing, ironing for mama, papa, my three brothers, myself. Clean all seven rooms and do dishes of course. And, I help mama with the canning. I preserve meat, candle eggs, dill pickles, smoke ham and bacon. I wait on tables - 40 hands at harvest time. And I make glogg.
Agatha Morley: You do?
Katrin Holstrom: Yah, at Christmas time, with a hot poker. You want to know what I do outside?
Glenn Morley: I don't know about my mother, but I'd be fascinated.
Katrin Holstrom: ...
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Row, Row, Row
Music by James V. Monaco
Lyrics by William Jerome
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Fresh Off the Farm for Mr. Oscar
27 August 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

When Loretta Young beat out Rosalind Russell in the Academy Award sweepstakes of 1947 it was considered one of the great upsets in the history of Oscar. Russell had gotten a lot of acclaim for her dramatic breakthrough performance in Mourning Becomes Electra which was RKO's prestige picture of the year. The O'Neill drama flopped at the box office. Young was nominated almost as an afterthought to round out the field in 1947. Of course RKO didn't care because The Farmer's Daughter was also one of their films.

Young worked hard to get her proper Swedish accent for the film and the results would have made Greta Garbo proud. I can't see Garbo appearing in a film like The Farmer's Daughter though.

Young plays Katie Holstrum who leaves the family farm to study nursing and in an almost Forrest Gump like set of circumstances winds up working as a maid in Congressman Joseph Cotten's home. She's not working for just Cotten. Presiding over the home and the state of Minnesota itself is Cotten's mother Ethel Barrymore. Ethel's not only queen of her own roost, but she's a Senator's widow and still one formidable power in her state of Minnesota. And there's Charles Bickford the family butler who got an Oscar nomination himself in this film for Best Supporting Actor as Young's gruff, but kindly mentor.

Although at the time this film was made Young was 34 years old she does manage to convey youth here. It worked in this case because in 1947 a lot of people were starting their careers late. It's pointed out in the story that she stayed on the family farm while her beefcake brothers, James Arness, Keith Andes, and Lex Barker were all in the service during World War II.

A long running television series was adapted from this film with the tragic Inger Stevens in the lead and William Windom in Cotten's role. Cathleen Nesbitt was the grande political dame. The butler's role was dropped and Windom was made a widower with two boys. Even with a genuine Swede like Stevens playing Katie, Young still comes out the better.

Too bad Rosalind Russell never got an Oscar, but Loretta Young was one of the great survivors of Hollywood and her award was as much an award for a lifetime as for the still fresh and funny, The Farmer's Daughter.


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