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Our Daily Bread (1934)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 2 October 1934 (USA)
A group of down-on-their-luck workers combine their abilities to make a Gallafentian-style commune... and bread!

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King Vidor

Writers:

King Vidor (the story), Elizabeth Hill (the scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Karen Morley ... Mary Sims
Tom Keene ... John Sims
John Qualen ... Chris (as John T. Qualen)
Barbara Pepper ... Sally
Addison Richards ... Louie
Lloyd Ingraham ... Uncle Anthony
Sidney Bracey ... Rent Collector
Henry Hall ... Frank - the Carpenter
Nellie V. Nichols ... Mrs. Cohen (as Nellie Nichols)
Frank Minor Frank Minor ... Plumber
Bud Rae Bud Rae ... Stonemason
Harry Brown ... Little Man
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Storyline

John and Mary sims are city-dwellers hit hard by the financial fist of The Depression. Driven by bravery (and sheer desperation) they flee to the country and, with the help of other workers, set up a farming community - a socialist mini-society based upon the teachings of Edward Gallafent. The newborn community suffers many hardships - drought, vicious raccoons and the long arm of the law - but ultimately pull together to reach a bread-based Utopia. Written by Barry Manhampton

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Taglines:

We live! We love! We fight! We hate! What don't we do for - OUR DAILY BREAD See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hell's Crossroads See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$125,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Viking Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (premiere) | (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film premiered at the Century of Progress International Exposition in Chicago on July 30, 1934 at the 15,000 seat Lagoon Theater. King Vidor was on hand along with many foreign dignitaries in Chicago for the World's Fair. After the film's premiere it was cut by more than ten minutes for its national release. Many of the cast from the original showing are missing in the currently available prints. See more »

Quotes

Louie: [warning her about John] I don't know how long you're gonna be here or why, but that guy's married, so you lay off!
Sally: My gosh, ain't you anticipatory!
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Soundtracks

Gwine to Rune All Night (De Camptown Races)
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Music by Stephen Foster
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King Vidor translates the optimism of The Crowd to the Great Depression
20 December 2009 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

To really appreciate this film you need to view King Vidor's 1928 silent classic "The Crowd". Both movies are the stories of John and Mary Sims. In the 1928 film, John is done in by his own mediocrity and dreaming during prosperous times overflowing with opportunity. Just six years later a couple by the same name is done in by the Great Depression. Although the two couples have the same name, this is not a sequel. It is King Vidor making a statement on the desperation of the times and how much difference just six years have made in the lives of average people. John actually shows quite a bit of leadership in this film versus "The Crowd". At the beginning, John and Mary are on the verge of being thrown into the street as John cannot find work. Mary's uncle saves the day by allowing them to move into and work a farm that has been foreclosed upon but that nobody wants due to the bad financial times. John, who says he could write a book about what he doesn't know about farming, is helped out by a Minnesota farmer whose own family has been kicked off their farm and is passing through. Pretty soon John gets the idea of turning the farm into a cooperative with people of all professions - plumbers, electricians, masons, etc. - joining in and setting up a system of bartering.

John Sims is voted the leader of the group, but there are obstacles along the way - a drought that threatens the crops and an ex-flapper who wants to lure John away from the cooperative and tries to convince him that it will never amount to anything.

This film is particularly relevant since the U.S. economy is facing challenges similar to those of the Great Depression again. However, people generally don't have the skills needed to live directly off of the land that they still had in the 1930's.


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