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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 ... Thirza Tapper
Louie Pounds ... Widow Windeatt
Olga Slade ... Mary Hearn - Postmistress
Ruth Maitland Ruth Maitland ... Mercy Bassett
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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[first lines]
Sibley Sweetland: ...and don't forget to air your Master's pants, 'Minta.
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It's worth persevering with
11 February 2007 | by Brian_o_VretanosSee all my reviews

The first half is rather slow, but keep going - it's definitely worth it. The humour in Hitchcock's films is generally based around great character actors (e.g. Jessie Royce Landis in To Catch a Thief and North by NorthWest), and here not one of the actors disappoints. Lillian Hall Davis has a better part in the Ring (also 1928 - Gordon Harker is again very amusing in it too), but is lovely in this film. Sound would have added nothing. My 8-year old daughter was apprehensive about watching a silent film, but once things started to get going in the second half, was hooked.

Hitchcock referred to it in later years as one of his "photographed plays", but the action occurs in several locations, so is nowhere near as constrained as many of his films (plays or not). In fact, even though the location shots are few and far between, they really give this film a non-studio feel.

All of Hitchcock's films are notable for their visual storytelling (look at the initial scene-setting in Rear Window that speaks volumes without a single word being uttered), and it is interesting to see the origins of this, and the great influence of German Expressionism.

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Release Date:

4 January 1930 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

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

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1.33 : 1
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