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The Farmer Takes a Wife (1953)

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

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Dan Harrow
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Lucy Cashdollar
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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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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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With the Sun Warm Upon Me
(1953) (uncredited)
(Published as "With the Sun Warm Upon My Face")
Written by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Sung by Dale Robertson and Betty Grable
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Takes Her Nowhere
10 September 2004 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

A career-killing movie for Betty Grable, who is wasted, along with everyone except Eddie Foy Jr. in this prettified musical version of the movie that made Henry Fonda a star. Dale Robertson plays the farmer, who is a moron, Thelma Ritter is wasted and some fake-looking scenery still leaves one mystified at how people can live in riverfront saloons and on farms and know nothing at all of the facts of life or the baser side of human nature -- it must be those perfectly maintained canal boats with red-striped awnings they travel in. The songs are also pretty poor, including an ode to Schenectady that did not make Rodgers and Hammerstein jealous.

While none of Gable's starring musicals are likely to make any top-100 lists, most of them have fairly good musical numbers and enough plot and comedy relief to get you from one standard to the next. This one doesn't.


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