The Farmer Takes a Wife (1935)

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Charming love story set on the Erie Canal in the mid-19th Century. A farmer works on the canal to earn money to buy a farm. He meets a cook on a canal boat, but she can't even consider ... See full summary »


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  • Janet Gaynor and Slim Summerville in The Farmer Takes a Wife (1935)
  • Henry Fonda and Janet Gaynor in The Farmer Takes a Wife (1935)
  • Henry Fonda and Janet Gaynor in The Farmer Takes a Wife (1935)
  • Henry Fonda, Charles Bickford, Andy Devine, Janet Gaynor, Slim Summerville, and Jane Withers in The Farmer Takes a Wife (1935)

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4 August 2014 | marthawilcox1831
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| Henry Fonda and Andy Devine
Charles Bickford plays a muscular canal worker who fights his way through a community who enjoy watching a fight. It's like being at school where pupils relish the prospect of watching a fight in the playground.

Henry Fonda makes his film debut in this Victor Fleming directed offering. He enters the scene as a passive farmer with no presence or personality. Janet Gaynor plays a charming cook with a half smile that Fonda falls for.

Andy Devine plays a supporting role as his usual self.

The tension between Bickford and Fonda doesn't ring true. They are not a match of equals, nor do you believe that Fonda would win a fight with Bickford. The film should have started with Bickford beating Fonda in a fight, and then the rest of the film having Fonda evolve into a man and a equal that can challenge and win a fight with Bickford. Fonda didn't prove himself in this film, and it was obviously a vehicle for him to be launched into Hollywood.

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Genres

Comedy | Romance

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Release Date:

2 August 1935

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

California, USA

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