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The Farmer Takes a Wife (1953)

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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boat | erie canal | 1850s | railroad | cook | See All (31) »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

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)

Gross USA:

$1,220,000
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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

Gwen Verdon appears as a featured dancer in the "We're in Business" number. 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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When I Close the Door
(1953) (uncredited)
Written by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
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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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