The Farmer's Wife (1928)

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 the lead.
Classics , Comedy , Drama
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British International Pictures

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Jameson Thomas
as Samuel Sweetland
Lillian Hall-Davis
as Araminta Dench
Gordon Harker
as Churdles Ash
Maud Gill
as Thirza Tapper
Louise Pounds
as Widow Windeatt
Olga Slade
as Mary Hearn, Postmistress
Gibb McLaughlin
as Henry Coaker
Ruth Maitland
as Mercy Bassett
Lilian Hall Davis
as Araminta Dench, the young maid
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Critic Reviews for The Farmer's Wife

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Charming comedy of rural manners.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Hitchcock's seventh (silent) feature is a charming, well acted rustic comedy

Full Review… | November 12, 2012

Enjoyable pastoral silent comedy of manners, that's more interesting as a curio than as one of the Master's better films.

Full Review… | August 14, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Modern-day fans of his work will see many directorial flourishes that hint at the mastery he displays in later films.

Full Review… | March 20, 2012
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for The Farmer's Wife

Not a terribly interesting silent film from a young Alfred Hitchcock. I didn't get too engrossed in it's story or characters. I think the best silent films were either comedies (like Chaplin or Keaton), epics (like D.W. Griffith), and stylistic horror films (German Expressionism rules!). Hitchcock's silent work is rather mundane (with the exception of "The Lodger"), whether compared to his own later work or just the silent films of the time period. He would really shine when sound was introduced, being one of the few directors who managed to quickly figure out how to use it properly early on...and he would go on to create some great suspenseful films. But here so early on in his career he is still learning, and while I feel his films were often competent...they didn't thrill too often. It's overly long for a plot as simple as a widower trying to find a new wife too.

Ken Scheck
Ken Scheck

Slow at times, mislabeled, but it's alright for what it is. The story is decent, the characters are fun, and it stands out in the silent era. The run-time is a bit much though.

Wes Shad
Wes Shad

Very expressive. A film I would not have guessed Alfred Hitchcock was capable of making. A silent comedy no less. To my liking, the beginning was a bit choppy, was unable to tell whom was whom, or who these characters were. Somewhere after ten minutes of it, I was able to see clearly who the characters were and understand what was happening. There was a lot of symbolism in this film if you watch very closely. The music very much helps the tune of the movement of this motion picture, helping you feel the right mood at the right places. At the end of the film, you are left with a broad smile and warm heart! Being a Chaplin fan, I had found the body expressions to well done in telling the story. Perhaps I was expecting more use of the light and shadow, knowing Hitchcock is very well known for his suspense films, but over all I think it was indeed worth seeing a new light of his work!

Sean Read
Sean Read

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