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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 »


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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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Release Date:

25 April 1920 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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 »


Cop on Bicycle: [Chasing the Sportive Banker riding on a horse] Slow down! You're pinched! I'm getting sick o' you reckless guys!
[writes him speeding ticket]
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Fast and Funny Sennett
21 September 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Down on the Farm (1920)

*** (out of 4)

This Mack Sennett produced comedy clocks in at 50-minutes and it's basically five one-reelers thrown together. Just about every story development takes place in a ten-minute window but the basic story has Louise Fazenda playing a farmer's daughter. When her father can't pay rent, the evil land owner (James Finlayson) asks for his daughter's hand in marriage. The father agrees not realizing that the girl is in love with a simple man (Harry Gribbon) who works on the farm. I really wasn't sure what to expect from DOWN ON THE FARM but it's actually a very funny little film but as it moves along it turns more into melodrama. I was surprised at how effective the first ten-minutes were in regards to laughs because there are plenty of them. The first section of the film shows us around the farm where we see various animals doing various things but they're all extremely funny. One very impressive sequence has a dog leading a cow to a certain part of the land and then the dog goes over and gets him a bucket of water. This entire sequence is really a lot of fun and it's certainly the highlight of the picture. As the film moves along I think it loses some of its steam but I'll at least give the directors credit for keeping it moving at a very fast pace so you never really have time to get bored. The cast are all extremely good with Finlayson really stealing the picture in the role of the villain. The supporting cast also features a nice bit for Ben Turpin and Marie Prevost plays his wife.

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