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The Farmer Takes a Wife (1953)

 -  Comedy | Musical | Romance  -  July 1953 (USA)
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A romantic triangle develops on Erie Canal boats in 1850.

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Molly Larkins
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Dan Harrow
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Lucy Cashdollar
John Carroll ...
Jotham Klore
Eddie Foy Jr. ...
Fortune Friendly
Charlotte Austin ...
Pearl Dowd
Kathleen Crowley ...
Susanna
Merry Anders ...
Hannah
May Wynn ...
Eva Gooch (as Donna Lee Hickey)
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Storyline

Erie Canal, N.Y., 1850: Molly Larkins, cook on Jotham Klore's canal boat, has a love-hate relationship with her boss. She hires handsome new haul-horse driver Dan Harrow and the inevitable triangle develops (complicated by Dan's desire to farm and Molly's to boat) against a background of the canalmen's fight against the encroaching railroad. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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July 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Vida É uma Canção  »

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$1,860,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 30 October 1934 and closed in January 1935 after 104 performances. The opening night cast included Henry Fonda, Margaret Hamilton and Francis Pierlot. See more »

Quotes

Lucy Cashdollar: Don't forget, I'm a five time widow, and when they died they all left me everything they owned. Rest their souls.
Fortune Friendly: What do you want with me? I'm broke.
Lucy Cashdollar: Well, I figure after five rich husbands, the next one would be on the house.
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When I Close the Door
(1953) (uncredited)
Written by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
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Charming, Forgettable Piece of Fluff
9 March 2005 | by (Savannah, GA) – See all my reviews

"The Farmer Takes a Wife" is a charming, forgettable piece of fluff of the "Boy meets girl; boy loses girl; boy gets girl back" school of film musical. Fox musicals were almost always rather forgettable, with their insipid songs and frequently bad singing. However, they were also bright and colorful, since Fox used Technicolor longer and more frequently than the "Tiffany" studio, MGM. "The Farmer Takes a Wife" is especially charming in costume, art and set decoration.

Betty Grable is, well, Betty Grable, and if you adore her (and I do), you're likely to adore "The Farmer Takes a Wife". Betty's ably supported by Dale Robertson, John Carroll, Eddie Foy, Jr. and, the always wonderful Thelma Ritter. I won't pretend it's a great movie, or even a good movie, but "The Farmer Takes a Wife" is a "Betty Grable" movie, and that's good enough for me. I give "The Farmer Takes a Wife" a "6".


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