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The Farmer Takes a Wife (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | July 1953 (USA)
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
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Fortune Friendly
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Pearl Dowd
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Susanna
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Hannah
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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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boat | erie canal | 1850s | railroad | cook | See All (30) »


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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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News items and studio publicity reported that the opening title cards of the Erie Canal during different seasons was painted by noted artist Albert J. Kramer, and that the double wedding ceremony at the end was styled by art director Addison Hehr to resemble Grant Woods' painting of "Farm House." 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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Version of The Farmer Takes a Wife (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

I Could Cook
(1953) (uncredited)
Written by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Charles Henderson
Sung briefly by Betty Grable, Dale Robertson, Thelma Ritter and Eddie Foy Jr.
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Could serve as the "last gasp" of the Hollywood musical...
2 December 2006 | by (Fairfax, VA) – See all my reviews

"The Farmer Takes a Wife" is so disappointing that it could serve as an example of "the last gasp of the Hollywood musical." It's hard to believe that the marvelous "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" came out the following year. To start with, none of the songs are memorable, and the production numbers are so stylized and overstuffed with flounces, ruffles and ribbons that they are effectively deadened. Grable herself looks slightly overblown in this context and John Carroll who has a very pleasing voice and good presence, is not allowed to sing at all other than humming a few bars. Dale Robertson, who is not a singer and probably had his singing dubbed, is given one of the best songs to sing while taking a bath in a rain barrel...and is repeatedly shown apparently scrubbing at his crotch while performing the song! Viewers are well advised to skip this one, which is for extreme Grable and/or Carroll fans only. Even they will have a hard time tolerating it.


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