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Our Daily Bread (1934)

Our Daily Bread




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A sequel to King Vidor's classic 1928 film The Crowd, Our Daily Bread centers on a young Depression-era couple's struggle to promote the idea of egalitarian communal farms.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: King Vidor, Elizabeth Hill, Joseph L. Mankiewicz
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 13, 2009
Viking Film


Karen Morley
as Mary Sims
Tom Keene
as John Sims
John Qualen
as Chris Larsen
Harry Holman
as Uncle Anthony
Billy Engle
as Abie Cohen (uncredit...
Frank Minor
as Plumber
Alma Ferns
as Mrs. Larsen
Henry Hall
as Frank - the Carpente...
Harris Gorden
as Cigar Salesman
Ray Spiker
as Ex-Convict (uncredit...
Lynton Brent
as Bully (uncredited)
Frank Hammond
as Undertaker
Alex Schumberg
as Violinist (uncredite...
Bud Ray
as Stonemason
Harry Samuels
as Italian Shoemaker (u...
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Critic Reviews for Our Daily Bread

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (9)

August 22, 2007
New York Post
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Full Review… | December 30, 2006
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | November 25, 2006
AV Club
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November 2, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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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.

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


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.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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

Andrew Fillmore

Super Reviewer

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