The Farmer Takes a Wife (1953)

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A romantic triangle develops on Erie Canal boats in 1850.



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Complete credited cast:
Dan Harrow
Lucy Cashdollar
Jotham Klore
Eddie Foy Jr. ...
Fortune Friendly
Charlotte Austin ...
Pearl Dowd
Kathleen Crowley ...
Merry Anders ...
May Wynn ...
Eva Gooch (as Donna Lee Hickey)


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 <>

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boat | erie canal | 1850s | railroad | cook | See All (30) »


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Release Date:

July 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Vida É uma Canção  »

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$1,860,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

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 »


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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(1953) (uncredited)
Written by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Sung by chorus
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Rather disappointing effort for a nice cast
22 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I would lke to give this a 6 but I just cannot even though I am a big Grable fan, Also a fan of Robertson but this was not his best performance by far. Maybe he felt as out of his element as I perceived him to be.

However the weak script and scenes lets the two of them have several moments that the songs couldn't completely ruin.

I did burn this to DVD because I really do want to have a complete library of both the stars.

The costumes were nice and the color was nice and the 4 major actors/actresses did as much as you could hope for in a weak vehicle.

Watch it but don't expect too much and you won't be disappointed.

As I think on it a 5 might be a little high but I will stick witn it

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