Erie Canal, N.Y., 1850: Molly Larkins, cook on Jotham Klore's canal boat, has a love-hate relationship with her boss. She hires handsome new haul-horse driver Dan Harrow and the inevitable triangle develops (complicated by Dan's desire to farm and Molly's to boat) against a background of the canalmen's fight against the encroaching railroad.Written by
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News items and studio publicity reported that the opening title cards of the Erie Canal during different seasons was painted by noted artist Albert J. Kramer, and that the double wedding ceremony at the end was styled by art director Addison Hehr to resemble Grant Woods' painting of "Farm House." See more »
Don't forget, I'm a five time widow, and when they died they all left me everything they owned. Rest their souls.
What do you want with me? I'm broke.
Well, I figure after five rich husbands, the next one would be on the house.
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A career-killing movie for Betty Grable, who is wasted, along with everyone except Eddie Foy Jr. in this prettified musical version of the movie that made Henry Fonda a star. Dale Robertson plays the farmer, who is a moron, Thelma Ritter is wasted and some fake-looking scenery still leaves one mystified at how people can live in riverfront saloons and on farms and know nothing at all of the facts of life or the baser side of human nature -- it must be those perfectly maintained canal boats with red-striped awnings they travel in. The songs are also pretty poor, including an ode to Schenectady that did not make Rodgers and Hammerstein jealous.
While none of Gable's starring musicals are likely to make any top-100 lists, most of them have fairly good musical numbers and enough plot and comedy relief to get you from one standard to the next. This one doesn't.
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