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The Farmer's Wife (1928)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 4 January 1930 (USA)
After his daughter weds, a middle-aged widower with a profitable farm decides to remarry, but finds choosing a suitable mate a problematic process.


Alfred Hitchcock


Eden Phillpotts (play), Eliot Stannard (adaptation)




Complete credited cast:
Jameson Thomas ... Farmer Sweetland
Lillian Hall-Davis ... Araminta Dench - Sweetland's Housekeeper (as Lilian Hall-Davis)
Gordon Harker ... Churdles Ash - Sweetland's His Handyman
Gibb McLaughlin ... Henry Coaker
Maud Gill Maud Gill ... Thirza Tapper
Louie Pounds Louie Pounds ... Widow Windeatt
Olga Slade Olga Slade ... Mary Hearn - Postmistress
Ruth Maitland Ruth Maitland ... Mercy Bassett
Antonia Brough Antonia Brough ... Susan
Haward Watts Haward Watts ... Dick Coaker
Diana Napier ... Sibley Sweetland (as Mollie Ellis)


Farmer Sweetland is a lonely old widower. He is determined to marry again and he enlists the help of his housekeeper Minta to pick a wife from the local single women. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


According to Alfred Hitchcock (I) in the famous interview held in 1966 by François Truffaut, the play by Eden Phillpotts, on which this movie was based, was performed 1400 times on stage in London. See more »


After being rejected by Louisa, Farmer Sweetland's horse changes position in between shots as he mounts it. See more »


[first lines]
Sibley Sweetland: ...and don't forget to air your Master's pants, 'Minta.
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Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) See more »

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Longer version is at wrong speed
17 April 2006 | by mijlehSee all my reviews

I have both versions, long and short, of "The Farmer's Wife", and they are identical except for the speed at which they were recorded onto tape/DVD. I strongly recommend against the 129-minute version, as it is slower than real-life speed and drags the humor from the film. The shorter version is much funnier and more like Hitchcock, whose films weren't known for their dragginess.

Jameson Thomas, who plays Samuel Sweetland, was at the time of filming a huge star in England. In 1930 he and his wife left England for Hollywood, where he played a few leads in "B" pictures and then settled into a continuous second lead/character groove. He's the doctor at the end of "The Invisible Man" who tells Henry Travers of Claude Rains' demise: "I'm afraid the end will be rather terrible." He also played Mr. Semple, the twitchy false heir, in "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town."

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None | English

Release Date:

4 January 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La esposa del granjero See more »

Filming Locations:

West St., Dunster, Somerset, UK See more »

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(2012) (theatrical) | (2012 restoration)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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