The Farmer's Wife (1928)
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This first film version of Eden Philpotts' play The Farmer's Wife was directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The story involves a roughhewn widowed farmer (Samuel Sweetland) in search of a new bride. Every candidate for the "title" proves insufficient, either because they fail to meet the farmer's exacting standards or because they want no part of him. Eventually the farmer realizes that his "perfect" mate has been under his own nose all along. The Farmer's Wife was remade in 1941, with Basil Sydney in
Jan 1, 1928 Wide
It has been nicely directed with a keen eye for the sunlight and shadows over the winding country roads, and the indoor scenes are always correct as to furnishings.
Hitchcock disliked the film, but it offers an unusual glimpse of the master before he settled into thrillers. Matters of marriage were always much on Hitchcock's mind.
Hitchcock's seventh (silent) feature is a charming, well acted rustic comedy
Enjoyable pastoral silent comedy of manners, that's more interesting as a curio than as one of the Master's better films.
Modern-day fans of his work will see many directorial flourishes that hint at the mastery he displays in later films.
The only ordeal bigger than contemplating an empty household is trying to fill it in this fond comedy of humiliation
This early Hitchcock silent film (a comedy, no less) is probably only going to be of interest to Hitchcock enthusiasts, and even then they're going to have to be rabidly enthusiastic.
Despite the early plot give-away the film's robust caricatures and gentle humour keep things bowling along nicely.
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