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The Farmer's Daughter (1947)

Katie Holstrom leaves the farm to become a nurse, but is sidetracked into domestic service, romance, and 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 ... Mrs. 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 Who Really Goes To Town ! See more »

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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

One reason that Loretta Young's Oscar win was considered an upset, was because her character is largely absent from the second half of the film, as her character, Katrin, becomes the off-screen linchpin in a complex political plot. Ironically, Young had far more screen footage in The Bishop's Wife (1947) (1947), released the same year, and a performance that many believe was far more worthy of the statuette. See more »

Quotes

Agatha Morley: What do you want the public to believe, Mr. Finley?
Anders Finley: To believe in our type of 100% Americanism. Now, a 100% American is...
Agatha Morley: White?
Anders Finley: Right!
Agatha Morley: No foreign-born?
Anders Finley: Right!
Agatha Morley: The right kind of religion?
Anders Finley: Exactly right, Mrs. Morley.
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Row, Row, Row
Music by James V. Monaco
Lyrics by William Jerome
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Poignant story
8 October 2004 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Not having seen the movie before, it was a complete surprise to watch it on cable the other night. This film shows that little, if nothing, ever changes in the world of politics. In fact, it could well be compared to this year's presidential contest. The only thing that has changed from the time where this film was done is that in order to win an election in this country, the candidate must be independently wealthy, or have benefactors that are willing to put up the money in exchange of favors down the line, or not be able to run at all.

H. C. Potter's film shows us a slice of what on the surface was an ideal time in America during the 40s, but deep down, this film speaks a lot of what was wrong then, in a subtle way.

Young Katrin Holstrom arrives in Capital City wanting to be a nurse. She has to change plans because when she arrives in the city, she has no money because an unscrupulous man had swindled her out of it. She begins working as a maid at the Morley's mansion. They are the local big name in politics. Mrs. Morley makes candidates, or destroys them. Her own son, Glenn is a Congressman.

All this atmosphere contributes to the growth of Katrin, or Katie, as she is called. She takes an interest in politics and she shows that she can speak and ask the right questions the candidates don't want to answer. The movie shows the dirty side of campaigns, in general, as is the case of with what's happening in 2004 in America.

Loretta Young was perfect as Katrin Halstrom. In this film she out charms everyone that she comes in contact with. Joseph Cotten is as effective as she always was in whatever he appeared in. Ethel Barrymore is Agatha, the rich woman behind the political machine. Charles Bickford is also excellent as Joseph, the butler.

Most movies from that period are sadly dated, but this one keeps the ideals of democracy in check. Bravo to Dory Schary for bringing this movie to the screen.


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