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Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread (1934)


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Unable to secure Hollywood-studio backing for his Depression-era agrarian drama Our Daily Bread, director King Vidor financed the picture himself, with the eleventh-hour assistance of Charles Chaplin. Intended as a sequel to Vidor's silent classic The Crowd (1928) the film casts Tom Keene and Karen Morley as John and Mary, the roles originated in the earlier film by James Murray and Eleanor Boardman. Unable to make ends meet in the Big City, John and Mary assume control of an abandoned farm,



King Vidor, Elizabeth Hill, Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Jan 13, 2009

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It makes for an interesting Depression-era time capsule survival film from the New Deal period.

March 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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King Vidor's Angelus, as it were, with elemental triumphs as spacious and limpid as Millet's

March 14, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion

A thought-provoking documentary that gives us a new appreciation of the time, energy, and hard labor that lies behind the creation, packaging and delivery of the food we eat.

October 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

The silence tries one's patience but the film is noteworthy in showing us that chickens are not born in supermarket wrappings.

August 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Compuserve

A harsh film that reflects the Depression era, King Vidor's chronicle is both artistically and ideologically a significant Hollywood feature

June 29, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

A wonderful social statement, a bit naive by today's standards, but still powerful

October 23, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Technically impressive, well-intended, but ultimately too melodramatic

October 2, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Our Daily Bread

possibly the most socialist film ever to come from hollywood, vidor had to finance this sequel to 'the crowd' himself, with assistance from his friend charlie chaplin. stick around for the final sequence, one of the finest vidor ever filmed. interesting that, ten years later, he became a founding member of the 'motion picture alliance for the preservation of american ideals' which supplied the vast majority of friendly witnesses to the house un-american activities committee.
May 2, 2013
Stella Dallas

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In "Our Daily Bread," Mary(Karen Morley) and John Sims(Tom Keene) have gone so long without work that they have to sell everything that is not nailed down to have money for food. Even a wealthy relative(Lloyd Ingraham) is going through harsh times and he cannot offer him employment. What he can do is give them access to a piece of land he owns that they can farm. However, that is not as easy as it looks. Luckily, Chris(John Qualen), a friendly Swedish farmer, happens by to help out, giving them the idea to put up signs that attract dozens of skilled and unskilled workers.

In the prologue to his film "Our Daily Bread," director King Vidor says he made the film as a way of dramatizing the back to the land movement during the Great Depression.(See, the hippies did not invent the commune, just the naked frolicking part.) So, while there are important themes from this movie that are relevant today, it is actually a bit dated and dramatically uneven. On the upside, the movie does not sugarcoat the risks of the farm, gets the fear of the knock at the door right and the climax is absolutely riveting and rousing.
August 30, 2010
Walter M.

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I mildly enjoyed this old movie, but the acting (or lack thereof) really bothered me.
January 30, 2010

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This month Turner Classic Movies is running a marathon of movies made in or set during The Great Depression, I decided it would be cool to watch all the movies from the marathon I had yet to see. The first one was this depression era King Vidor film about a group of dissatisfied workers who join together to form a communal farm. This is a historically interesting concept and as an artifact this movie is very interesting. However, it does suffer from a lot of 1930s melodrama and acting and for a lot of its running time it felt more like a curiosity than a truly great film. What won me over was the film?s climactic scene in which the workers race to build an irrigation canal over a long distance to save their crops. This is simply an amazing set piece and it alone is worth sitting through the film?s short run time to see.
October 10, 2009

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