The Farmer Takes a Wife

1935

The Farmer Takes a Wife

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Henry Fonda made his screen debut in this filmization of his Broadway success The Farmer Takes a Wife. The story is set along the Erie Canal in the 1850s. Fonda plays a farmer who takes a river job to make ends meet. He falls in love with Janet Gaynor, daughter of a canal-boat cook, who thinks very little of farmers. Nonetheless, Fonda and Gaynor marry, much to the displeasure of canal skipper Charles Bickford, who'd assumed that Janet was his girl. When Fonda avoids a fight with Bickford, Janet believes that he's yellow, but he eventually proves otherwise. It is said that during his first day on the set, movie novice Henry Fonda, noting the camera direction "dolly with Dan and Molly" in the script, asked director Victor Fleming who Dolly was. Adapted from the play by Frank B. Elser and Marc Connelly, The Farmer Takes a Wife was remade with Betty Grable and Dale Robertson in 1955.

Cast

Henry Fonda
as Dan Harrow
Janet Gaynor
as Molly Larkins
Charles Bickford
as Jotham Klore
Andy Devine
as Elmer Otway
George "Slim" Summerville
as Fortune Friendly
Roger Imhof
as Sam Weaver
Margaret Hamilton
as Lucy Gurget
Sig Rumann
as Blacksmith
John Qualen
as Sol Tinker
Robert Gleckler
as Freight Agent
Dick Foran
as Lansing
Mitchell Lewis
as Man in Office
Wade Boteler
as Show Fan
Jim Thorpe
as Indian
Irving Bacon
as Man on Bridge
Frederick Burton
as Butterfield
Robert Warwick
as Junius Brutus Booth
Frank Melton
as Lottery Ticket Seller
Lee Kohlmar
as Townsman with Beard
Phillip Cooper
as John Wilkes Booth
Robert A'Dair
as Pioneer from Yorkshire
Lilyan Irene
as Townswoman
Bert Hanlon
as Townsman
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