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The Farmer's Daughter (1947)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 26 March 1947 (USA)
After leaving her family's farm to study nursing in the city, a young woman finds herself on an unexpected path towards politics.

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H.C. Potter
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Loretta Young ... Katrin Holstrom
Joseph Cotten ... Glenn Morley
Ethel Barrymore ... Agatha Morley
Charles Bickford ... Clancy
Rose Hobart ... Virginia
Rhys Williams ... Adolph
Harry Davenport ... Dr. Matthew Sutven
Tom Powers ... Nordick
William Harrigan ... Ward Hughes
Keith Andes ... Sven
Harry Shannon ... Mr. Holstrom
Lex Barker ... Olaf
Thurston Hall ... Wilbur Johnson
Art Baker ... A. J. Finley
Don Beddoe ... Einar
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Storyline

Swedish-American farmer's daughter Katrin 'Katie' Holstrom leaves the farm to study nursing in the big, wicked city. Thanks to a chiseling acquaintance, her tuition and expense money disappears the first day, and she's forced to get a job...as a domestic for congressman Glenn Morley. Impressed by her political awareness as well as her many charms and capabilities, Glenn is soon infatuated with Katie, and she with him, but their feelings remain unspoken...until Katie speaks up at a party rally and is abruptly thrust into politics herself. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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A Gal with Cultivating Ways ! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Swedish

Release Date:

26 March 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Katie for Congress See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lux Radio Theater broadcast a sixty-minute radio adaptation of this movie on January 5, 1948 with Loretta Young and Joseph Cotten reprising their film roles. See more »

Quotes

[wildly cheering crowd on the political convention floor]
Katrin Holstrom: What are they yelling about?
Joseph Clancy: These days they yell for anything.
Katrin Holstrom: Anything?
Joseph Clancy: Sure, they'll scream if you yell "Fish for sale!"
Katrin Holstrom: Aw, no.
Joseph Clancy: [Stands up and yells] Fish for sale!
[the crowds roars]
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Connections

Version of The Farmer's Daughter (1962) See more »

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Row, Row, Row
Music by James V. Monaco
Lyrics by William Jerome
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Love and politics - two things which never change.
17 May 2001 | by bobc-5See all my reviews

When a senator dies in office, Congressman Morley and his fellow party leaders have to come up with a candidate to run in the election to replace him. Everyone is agreement, accept for Morley's second maid. A Swedish-American farm girl who came to the city to become a nurse, she had to take temporary jobs when she was conned out of her tuition money. Not nearly as naive or helpless as she appeared, she was quickly given a permanent position at the Morley household. She isn't one to hold back on expressing her own political views, and by the end of the movie she's running against the Morley political machine even as she is finding romance with Congressman Morley.

The movie is a bit dated, but because of the excellent script and acting it still manages to be a fresh and amusing comedy. The political satire is much more restrained then what modern audiences are used to, but the topics haven't aged at all. You've got two parties with no obvious ideological differences engaged in partisan bickering and mudslinging while a small group of wealthy and powerful men decide who is going to run for office. Integrity takes a back seat to party politics and favors. Even an unnamed white supremacy group rears its ugly head. When asked what type of politician she would be, the farmer's daughter tells us exactly what she would not be - a typical politician who only represents the wealthy people who financed their campaign and the powerful elite who backed them. Has anything actually changed in the last 50 years?


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