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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.


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




Cast overview, first billed only:
Loretta Young ... Katrin Holstrom
Joseph Cotten ... Glenn Morley
Ethel Barrymore ... Mrs. Morley
Charles Bickford ... Joseph 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


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 Who Really Goes To Town ! See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Although the state is never mentioned, it would appear that it takes place in Minnesota, where there is a large Scandanavian population. "Capitol City" would seem to be St. Paul, and the Morley's mansion certainly looks like it was on Summit Avenue. Glenn Morley's (Joseph Cotten's) political party is never mentioned. See more »


Anders Finley: Exactly right, Mrs. Morley. I guess I know where you stand.
[Clancy has had enough. He moves menacingly towards Finley]
Joseph Clancy: [to Finley, angrily] Either you're leaving this house now or I'm going to throw you out!
Agatha Morley: [Mockingly] Joseph! How dare you talk to one of my guests like that!
[Clancy is flabbergasted. Finley smiles. Mrs. Morley is a true convert, that's obvious]
Joseph Clancy: [to Mrs. Morley] You're not serious about this?
Agatha Morley: Joseph...
[Reprovingly to Clancy]
Agatha Morley: ... I'm afraid we will have to speak about this later.
Joseph Clancy: [...]
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Referenced in The Golden Girls: Questions and Answers (1992) See more »


Row, Row, Row
Music by James V. Monaco
Lyrics by William Jerome
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A farm girl runs for Congress
23 February 2012 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Loretta Young and Joseph Cotten star in The Farmer's Daughter, a 1947 film also starring Ethel Barrymore and Charles Bickford.

Young, in a role originally intended for Ingrid Bergman, won an Oscar for her portrayal of Katie Holstrom, a young woman who lives on a farm with her family. She saves her money and goes off to the big city to become a nurse. Unfortunately, thanks to taking a ride from someone who once worked for her family, she ends up loaning him her money and he won't pay her back. So she takes a temporary job as a second maid in the house of a Congressman (Cotten) until she can save enough for school.

It turns out that Katie is pretty outspoken when it comes to politics and, not only that, knows her stuff. When a congressman dies, Katie goes to a rally for the replacement that the party has put forward and embarrasses him with her questions. Political leaders from the other side are impressed and want her to run against him.

It's always fascinating to me, and a little sad, that films with political themes, no matter how old they are, always seem timely. I guess that's where the term "politics as usual" comes from, though no one adds "for the last hundred years." In this film, 100$ American is described by Finley, the party's candidate, as "white, not foreign born, of the right religion." Now tell me that couldn't be a scene today. The search for dirt is in this film, as is all the back office manuevering.

Loretta Young as a blond is every bit as beautiful as she was as a brunette, and she is a delight as the efficient, intelligent Katie. One can easily see how Joseph Cotten could fall for her. Ethel Barrymore, as Cotten's mother and the widow of a political great, does a wonderful job, strong-willed, clever, and no-nonsense. Charles Bickford, as the family's butler and friend is excellent as tough taskmaster who is nevertheless very impressed with his new charge.

This is a very warm film with a terrific cast that will give you some chuckles and make you realize that the more things change, the more they remain the same - in politics. In movies - well, that's another matter.

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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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