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A lounge singer (Barbara Stanwyck) tires of her tawdry city life and so becomes a mail order bride. She ends up in the arms of a farmer in North Dakota, thanks to her rum-running lover. Much of the story centers on her struggle to accustom herself to the rigors of country living.

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Barbara Stanwyck
as Joan Gordon
George Brent
as Jim Gilson
Lyle Talbot
as Ed Fields
Hardie Albright
as Don Deslie
David Landau
as Bull McDowell
Murray Kinnell
as Spike Forgan
Clarence Wilson
as Justice of the Peace
Lucille Ward
as Wife of Justice of the Peace
Anne Shirley
as A Farmer's Daughter
Adele Watson
as Mrs. Tipton
John 'Skins' Miller
as Man on floor
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  • Mar 31, 2016
    Barbara Stanwyck had me from the beginning, as she crooned "Take Me Away" so seductively in the movie's first scene, and she could do no wrong from then on. Those eyes, that voice. She's so beautiful, and so natural as an actor. She plays a nightclub singer who becomes a mail-order bride to a farmer (Jim Gilson) in the middle of nowhere after wanting to get away from city life. It all moves a little too quickly for her as she has a rapid civil ceremony practically after stepping off a long train ride, and that evening she rebuffs her new husband's advances. He's the sensitive sort and can't forget it, even after she comes around and makes it clear she wants to consummate their marriage, talking to him sweetly and sincerely, and later beckoning him with lingerie. The movie is not all that well regarded, but I found it sweet, and Stanwyck captivating.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 27, 2010
    This movie is both cute and realistic at times. It's a pretty good movie, and Stanwyck gives a good performance, but the rest of the cast is just okay, this movie could have been better, I think, but it's still pretty good.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jun 26, 2010
    Frank pre-code drama about seen it all dance hall gal who becomes mail order bride to a rough farmer and through many hardships forges a happy life with him.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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