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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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Release Date:

July 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Vida É uma Canção  »

Box Office


$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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We're in Business
(1953) (uncredited)
Written by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Sung by Betty Grable, Dale Robertson, Gwen Verdon and chorus
Danced by Betty Grable and Gwen Verdon
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Just enjoy this lighthearted musical
31 January 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

It's easygoing, middle-of-the-road entertainment so no point taking it too serious or being critical. I happen to like Betty Grable films and this one is a lovely setting for her to shine in, a very photogenic lady.

Dale Robertson, as Daniel, is the farmer who finds work on the canal to pay his way so he can join a ladylove and settle down to farming in future, but plans don't always work out as intended. I feel it's a lesser role for Dale compared to other movies of his I've seen such as Golden Girl (1951) which was a very good role for him to star in.

Thelma Ritter too is a favorite of mine and here she plays the rich widow, Lucy Cashdollar, who plans on having a husband No. 6. She's beautifully dressed in all scenes, more so than I've ever seen her in other films, which of course fits her role here.

There's the usual barroom mêlées or free-for-all fights, songs sung by the lead characters, and romance where as they say, Love always finds a way. It's just charming entertainment meant for a pleasant Saturday afternoon, and is a video I like to have for cheering up when needed.

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