Our Daily Bread (1934)
as Mary Sims
as John Sims
as Chris Larsen
as Uncle Anthony
as Abie Cohen (uncredit...
as Mrs. Larsen
as Frank - the Carpente...
as Cigar Salesman
as Ex-Convict (uncredit...
as Bully (uncredited)
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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.
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.
I mildly enjoyed this old movie, but the acting (or lack thereof) really bothered me.
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