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The Farmer Takes a Wife (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | July 1953 (USA)
A romantic triangle develops on Erie Canal boats in 1850.

Director:

Henry Levin

Writers:

Walter Bullock (screenplay), Sally Benson (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Betty Grable ... Molly Larkins
Dale Robertson ... Dan Harrow
Thelma Ritter ... Lucy Cashdollar
John Carroll ... Jotham Klore
Eddie Foy Jr. ... Fortune Friendly
Charlotte Austin ... Pearl Dowd
Kathleen Crowley ... Susanna
Merry Anders ... Hannah
May Wynn ... Eva Gooch (as Donna Lee Hickey)
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Storyline

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 Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vida É uma Canção See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,860,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Of Betty Grable's 29 feature-film appearances from 1940 through 1955, only this movie did not play at the Roxy Theatre in New York City. Instead, this picture opened at the Globe Theatre on June 12, 1953. Note: Miss Grable's How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) had its Manhattan premiere simultaneously at the Roxy and the Globe on November 12, 1953. See more »

Quotes

Lucy Cashdollar: Don't forget, I'm a five time widow, and when they died they all left me everything they owned. Rest their souls.
Fortune Friendly: What do you want with me? I'm broke.
Lucy Cashdollar: Well, I figure after five rich husbands, the next one would be on the house.
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Soundtracks

On the Erie Canal
(1953) (uncredited)
Written by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Sung by John Carroll, Betty Grable, Dale Robertson and chorus
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Too much lipstick and electric lights!
21 December 2015 | by pokey-46546See all my reviews

Typical 1950's Hollywood production. Costumes are not period, zippers, high heeled pumps and pony tails were not part of the 1850's. The men wear dinner jackets with bow ties and everyone's outfit is sparkling clean and starched, despite the fact that they have been working all day plowing, washing and cleaning. Penciled in eyebrows, eyeliner and lipstick a hundred years too early. Betty Grable still looks like a a pin up girl, and Dale Robertson has a pompadour hair style, also why are they using southern accents in Rome NY? This movie is cute but not Betty Grable's best picture by far. Lovely 1950's period piece in long skirts.


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