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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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Complete credited cast:
... Mary Sims
... John Sims
... Chris (as John T. Qualen)
... Sally
... Louie
... Uncle Anthony
... Rent Collector
... Frank - the Carpenter
Nellie V. Nichols ... Mrs. Cohen (as Nellie Nichols)
Frank Minor ... Plumber
Bud Rae ... Stonemason
... Little Man
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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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WE LIVE! WE LOVE! WE FIGHT! WE HATE! (original poster - all caps) See more »

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Drama | Romance

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2 October 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hell's Crossroads  »

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$125,000 (estimated)
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| (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The final ditch digging sequences took ten days to stage and shoot. See more »

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John Sims: Don't worry Mary. I know things are hard now but we'll make it in the end.
Mary Sims: But how, John? Who's going to save us?
John Sims: Not who, Mary, what. The bread will save us, the bread.
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Follows The Crowd (1928) See more »

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You're In The Army Now
(1917) (uncredited)
Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Tell Taylor and Ole Olsen
Sung a cappella by the farmers
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Down on the Farm
26 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

King Vidor's "The Crowd" (1928) ended hopefully: James Murray and Eleanor Boardman (then playing John and Mary Sims) conquered the industrialized, impersonal City, with a new job and child replacing previous losses. But, the Sims' luck is, according to this film, cut short by the Great Depression. Tom Keene and Karen Morley (now playing John and Mary Sims) are sans job and money. With nothing to lose, the couple moves out to farm some country land owned by Ms. Morley's uncle. Mr. Keene organizes the locals into a communal society; but, nature and a woman threaten the Sims' success.

Although the lead characters resemble their namesakes from director Vidor's "The Crowd"; their tale, proclaimed as "Inspired by Headlines of Today", is derived from a "Reader's Digest" story. The characters do not share factual similarities with the original John and Mary Sims; for example, no reference is made to their children.

Vidor directed, and Keene acted, the "John" role inappropriately. Several of the supporting players are also unsuitable. Morley's Garbo-like "Mary" is a bright spot among the performances, though. Barbara Pepper answers "Garbo" with a Harlow-like "Sally". It's the closest you'll get to having Greta Garbo and Jean Harlow in the same film. However, the attempted "city girl" temptation of Keene, by Ms. Pepper, is not convincing. Interestingly, Pepper returned to country life in the 1960s, as the wife of "Fred Ziffel", on TV's "Green Acres".

The irrigating ending is unexpectedly exhilarating.

******* Our Daily Bread (1934) King Vidor ~ Karen Morley, Tom Keene, Barbara Pepper


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