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The Good Earth (1937)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 6 August 1937 (USA)
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Although married Chinese farmers Wang and O-Lan initially experience success, their lives are complicated by declining fortunes and lean times, as well as the arrival of the beautiful young Lotus.

Directors:

Sidney Franklin, Victor Fleming (uncredited) | 2 more credits »

Writers:

Talbot Jennings (screen play), Tess Slesinger (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Muni ... Wang
Luise Rainer ... O-Lan
Walter Connolly ... Uncle
Tilly Losch ... Lotus
Charley Grapewin ... Old Father
Jessie Ralph ... Cuckoo
Soo Yong ... Aunt
Keye Luke ... Elder Son
Roland Lui Roland Lui ... Younger Son
Suzanna Kim Suzanna Kim ... Little Fool
Ching Wah Lee Ching Wah Lee ... Ching
Harold Huber ... Cousin
Olaf Hytten ... Liu - Grain Merchant
William Law William Law ... Gateman
Mary Wong Mary Wong ... Little Bride
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Storyline

The story of a farmer in China: a story of humility and bravery. His father gives Wang Lung a freed slave as wife. By diligence and frugality the two manage to enlarge their property. But then a famine forces them to leave their land and live in the town. However it turns out to be a blessing in disguise for them... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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One of the prize-winning shows of the year. Rated 6AAAAAA. The Academy Award Winner. (Print Ad- Hendricks Pioneer, ((Hendricks, Minn.)) 18 February 1938) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Because of conditions in China at the time due to the general political instability and wars throughout the country--the Nationalist government was fighting off a Japanese invasion while at the same time battling Communist rebels and various powerful local warlords--precluded shooting location footage there, MGM turned a 500-acre farm in Chatsworth, CA, into Chinese farmland and shot the "location" footage there.. See more »

Goofs

During the drought some black vultures are seen on a roof. These are American birds which do not live in China. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Wang Lung: This is the day.
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Crazy Credits

The type-style used appears to be lettering hammered into brass. Even the style of the letters seems to be from china or Asia. Note the style on "N" and "O". See more »

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Featured in Slaying the Dragon (1988) See more »

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Good Stuff, Perhaps A Re-Make Some Day?
2 June 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This is a bit long (2 hours, 20 minutes) but it had a a lot of the famous Pearl Buck novel in it. In other words, a lot of ground to cover.

It was soap-operish at times but had some visually dramatic moments, too, capped off by a locust attack at the end of the film. That was astounding to view. Considering this film is about 70 years old, the special-effects crew on this film did a spectacular job.

Paul Muni and Luise Rainer were award-winning actors in their day and they don't disappoint here, both giving powerful performances. The only problem is credibility as all the Asians are played by Caucasions and some of them, like Walter Connolly, just don't look real. I'd like to see a re-make of this movie with all-Asian actors, not for PC reasons but to simply make the story look and sound more credible.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$2,800,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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