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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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Company Credits

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

Twentieth Century-Fox first began thinking of remaking this movie since the mid 1940s with Jeanne Crain and Lon McCallister but plans were ultimately shelved. It wasn't until 1951 that Fox decided to redo the movie as musical. Mitzi Gaynor and Victor Mature were some of the original casting suggestions for the musical revamp. 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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Version of The Farmer Takes a Wife (1935) See more »

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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Just enjoy this lighthearted musical
31 January 2007 | by lora64See all my reviews

It's easygoing, middle-of-the-road entertainment so no point taking it too serious or being critical. I happen to like Betty Grable films and this one is a lovely setting for her to shine in, a very photogenic lady.

Dale Robertson, as Daniel, is the farmer who finds work on the canal to pay his way so he can join a ladylove and settle down to farming in future, but plans don't always work out as intended. I feel it's a lesser role for Dale compared to other movies of his I've seen such as Golden Girl (1951) which was a very good role for him to star in.

Thelma Ritter too is a favorite of mine and here she plays the rich widow, Lucy Cashdollar, who plans on having a husband No. 6. She's beautifully dressed in all scenes, more so than I've ever seen her in other films, which of course fits her role here.

There's the usual barroom mêlées or free-for-all fights, songs sung by the lead characters, and romance where as they say, Love always finds a way. It's just charming entertainment meant for a pleasant Saturday afternoon, and is a video I like to have for cheering up when needed.


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