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City Girl (1930)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 30 January 1930 (USA)
A Chicago waitress falls in love with a Minnesota farmer, and decides to face a life in the country.

Director:

F.W. Murnau

Writers:

Elliott Lester (play), Berthold Viertel (adaptation) | 6 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Charles Farrell ... Lem Tustine
Mary Duncan ... Kate
David Torrence ... Mr. J.L. Tustine
Edith Murgatroyd Edith Murgatroyd ... Mrs. J.L. Tustine Blair (as Edith Yorke)
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Reaper (as Guinn Williams)
Anne Shirley ... Marie Tustine (as Dawn O'Day)
Tom McGuire ... Matey
Richard Alexander ... Mac
Patrick Rooney Patrick Rooney ... Butch (as Pat Rooney)
Ed Brady ... Reaper
Roscoe Ates ... Reaper
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Storyline

Lem goes to Chicago to sell the wheat his family has grown on their farm in Minnesota. There he meets the waitress Kate. They fall in love and get married before going back to the farm. Kate is accepted by Lem's mother and kid sister but is rejected by his father, who believes she married for the money. (And the fact that Lem didn't get a fair price for the wheat is her fault too). The reapers arrive and quickly they make things even more complicated by making their move on Kate. Lem misunderstands the situation and believes Kate is actually interested. In despair Kate leaves the farm and Lem goes looking for her. Written by Frank Dabelstein <frank@dabelstein.dk>

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SEE AND HEAR LIFE IN THE "RAW" WITH THE "CITY GIRL" (Print Ad-Urbana Daily Courier, ((Urbana, Ills.)) 14 March 1930)

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The wheat harvest scenes took place near Pendleton, OR, and the entire cast had to learn how to operate the wheat combine. The combines were pulled by a team of 32 mules. See more »

Goofs

At 17:35, Mr. Tustine, father of Lem Tustine calls her wife as "Mother".

his quote was: "No letter from Lem yet... I'm worried, mother." See more »

Quotes

Kate: Life on a farm must be wonderful!
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Alternate Versions

There is a silent version, shot by F.W. Murnau, and a part-talkie sound version, with music and parts re-shot by two directors hired by the studio, after Murnau's refusal to do so. The sound version is now considered lost. The silent version was restored and edited in DVD and Blu-Ray with an original score added in August 2008. See more »

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Featured in Murnau, Borzage and Fox (2008) See more »

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Realistic Yet Spiritual Masterpiece
1 October 2003 | by overseer-3See all my reviews

Murnau had the knack of taking what looks like a simple relationship between a man and a woman (here a farm boy falling in love with a city girl who is a waitress) and depicting it in such a dramatic, physical, and spiritual fashion that you are spellbound throughout the whole picture. I must confess his early horror films do nothing for me; it is the romantic pictures like Sunrise and City Girl that show his real talents. These films transcend time itself.

Murnau is not afraid to depict characters who have a spiritual aspect to them....a quality totally lacking in today's pathetic, heathen filmmakers. For instance, Murnau in City Girl actually shows the main character (Charles Farrell) praying over his food in a public diner! When was the last time you saw that in a major motion picture? Refreshing!

Mary Duncan does well as Kate, the city girl. She had such soulful eyes and such a striking manner. She is totally believable as the woman struggling to survive a tough situation on a family farm run by a madman. Too bad this is the only silent film work of hers that has survived. Charles Farrell shows much depth in his silent film portrayals, much more so than in his early talkies, and City Girl is another fine example of his work.

If you are a fan of silents or of Murnau's work, don't neglect seeing this gem.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Our Daily Bread See more »

Filming Locations:

Athena, Oregon, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.19 : 1
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