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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.


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

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Charming comedy of rural manners.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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.

March 25, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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

November 12, 2012 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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

August 15, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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

March 20, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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