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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.

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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 (30) »


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Also Known As:

A Vida É uma Canção  »

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$1,860,000 (estimated)

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$1,220,000
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

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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We're Doing It for the Natives of Jamaica
(1953) (uncredited)
Written by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Sung by Thelma Ritter and chorus; John Carroll and drinking buddies
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Charming, Forgettable Piece of Fluff
9 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

"The Farmer Takes a Wife" is a charming, forgettable piece of fluff of the "Boy meets girl; boy loses girl; boy gets girl back" school of film musical. Fox musicals were almost always rather forgettable, with their insipid songs and frequently bad singing. However, they were also bright and colorful, since Fox used Technicolor longer and more frequently than the "Tiffany" studio, MGM. "The Farmer Takes a Wife" is especially charming in costume, art and set decoration.

Betty Grable is, well, Betty Grable, and if you adore her (and I do), you're likely to adore "The Farmer Takes a Wife". Betty's ably supported by Dale Robertson, John Carroll, Eddie Foy, Jr. and, the always wonderful Thelma Ritter. I won't pretend it's a great movie, or even a good movie, but "The Farmer Takes a Wife" is a "Betty Grable" movie, and that's good enough for me. I give "The Farmer Takes a Wife" a "6".


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