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Down on the Farm (1920)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 25 April 1920 (USA)
The day starts off as any normal day on Roach's farm, where Teddy, the farmhouse dog, is doing more productive work than everyone else combined. But the day changes when Roach's farmhand ... See full summary »


Ray Grey (as Ray Gray), F. Richard Jones (as Richard Jones) | 1 more credit »


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Credited cast:
Louise Fazenda ... Louise - the Farmer's Daughter
Harry Gribbon ... The Rustic Sweetheart
Bert Roach ... Roach - the Farmer
James Finlayson ... The Sportive Banker with the Mortgage
Billy Armstrong ... The Man of Mystery
Don Marion ... The Baby (as John Henry Jr.)
Marie Prevost ... The Faithful Wife
Ben Turpin ... The Faithful Wife's Husband
Dave Anderson Dave Anderson ... Grocery Man
Joseph Belmont Joseph Belmont ... The Minister
Eddie Gribbon ... Banker's Henchman
Kalla Pasha Kalla Pasha ... Mailman
Fanny Kelly Fanny Kelly ... Gossipy Villager
Sybil Seely Sybil Seely ... Maid of Honor (as Sibye Trevilla)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Thelma Hill ... Peggy


The day starts off as any normal day on Roach's farm, where Teddy, the farmhouse dog, is doing more productive work than everyone else combined. But the day changes when Roach's farmhand sees an opportunity to be the knight in shining armor to Louise, Roach's daughter, who he wants to marry. Roach, however will not have his daughter marry a lowly farmhand, although Louise loves the farmhand. It's also rent day, and their landlord - the mortgage holder of the farm - is making his rounds to collect the moneys. He uses his position of power to garner sexual favors from women in return for non-eviction. Having never met Louise, the landlord immediately falls in love with her, who he too wants to marry. Louise hatches a plan to throw off the landlord's unwanted advances. That plan has unintended consequences. Add to the mix Louise's fear of mice, the landlord intercepting an important letter to Roach, a collar salesman and his missing infant son, and it becomes unclear who Roach will allow... Written by Huggo

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Mack Sennett's big new five-reel comedy sensation. (Lobby cards).




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25 April 1920 (USA) See more »

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En Tur paa Landet See more »

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Mack Sennett Comedies See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Prints exist in the Library of Congress film archive; in the Museum of Modern Art film archive; and in the private film collection of Richard M. Roberts. See more »


The Sportive Banker with the Mortgage: I'm here to collect the rent!
Grocery Man: Why tell me?
The Sportive Banker with the Mortgage: Aren't you her husband?
Grocery Man: Why no, I'm the groceryman!
The Sportive Banker with the Mortgage: Aw, go peddle your prunes!
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Something for Everyone
20 September 2012 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This is the best feature that Mack Sennett produced. In it he combines most of the standard tropes of the melodrama turned on their heads -- the faithful wife, the vile landlord who will forgive the mortgage in return for the pretty daughter's hand, the strong-thewed husband -- played by the always unlikely Ben Turpin -- the Mysterious Stranger, the baby rescued from the raging river and so forth, punctuated with straight comedy gags. It combines them with bits rooted firmly in realistic situations -- the cat that eats the pie, Marie Prevost trying to get a pie out of the oven onto a cooling rack when it is tangled up in her skirts.

The movie works brilliantly, because Sennett made use of some great talent in front of the camera and behind it, particularly in the editing department -- always his strength throughout the silent era. The focus goes back and forth between rustic comedy, and melodramatic excess at a speed that should keep every viewer pleased.

The rip-roaring melodrama was a dying form by this time, but still popular in rural America, and this was the audience that Sennett aimed this comedy at. It turned into a financial problem because Sennett was involved at the time in getting his own releasing organization set up and it never really worked properly -- distributors required a steady stream of product to operate efficiently. Nonetheless, this comedy survives, and in very good condition too, so you can see it in all its glory. Good hunting.

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