Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Farmer's Wife - 1928

Country: United Kingdom
Language: English (intertitles)
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writers: Eden Phillpotts (play), Eliot Stannard (adaptation),Leslie Arliss (uncredited),
Alfred Hitchcock (uncredited), J.E. Hunter (uncredited), Norman Lee (uncredited)
Stars: Jameson Thomas, Lillian Hall-Davis and Gordon Harker
Release Date: 4 January 1930 (USA)
Also known as: La esposa del granjero (Argentina / Venezuela), A Mulher do Lavrador (Portugal), A farmer felesége (Hungary), Farmarin naimakauppa (Finland), La moglie del fattore (Italy), Laquelle des trois? (France)
Filming locations: Elstree Studios, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England, UK (studio),
Wales, UK (exteriors)
Production Co: British International Pictures (BIP)
Runtime: USA: 129 min  | UK: 100 min  | Portugal: 94 min
Sound Mix: Silent
Color: Black and White
Filmed in 1927, not released until 1928.
After being rejected by Louisa, Farmer Sweetland's horse changes position in between shots as he mounts it.
When Farmer Sweetland and Minta are embracing, Sweetland's hands are all the way around her in one shot then just on her arm in the next shot. 
Memorable quotes
Sibley Sweetland: ...and don't forget to air your Master's pants, 'Minta.
Samuel Sweetland: And if anybody knows a woman with a gentler heart and a straighter back and a nobler character, I'd like to see her.
Thirza Tapper: You are the first man who has accepted my sex challenge!
Samuel Sweetland: ...I am a man that a little child can lead but a regiment of soldiers couldn't drive.
Plot Keywords: Farmer | Widower | Love | Housekeeper | Doctor  | Silent Film | Wedding Reception | Swooning | Wheelchair | Crying | Sewing | Rustic Setting | Moustache | Parson | Spinster | Pants Falling Down | Death Of Wife | Woman In A Wheelchair | Insulting A Lady | Public Domain | Breaking Dish | Drinking From A Saucer | Party | Boy | Unrequited Love | Engagement | Horse Riding | Hysterics | Plum | Fainting | Coat | Loneliness | Empty Chair | Eligible Bachelor | Rejection | Staircase | Fat Woman | Huntress | Garden | List Of Names | Fox Hunt | Widow | Breaking A Plate | Fireplace | Postmistress | Door Bell | Lady's Hat | Glee Singer | Father Daughter Relationship | Marriage Proposal | Barmaid | Gelatin | Overconfidence | Singer | Wedding Photo | Wedding | Male Female Relationship | Middle Aged Man | Baggy Pants | Inn | Confetti | Based On Play
Genres: Comedy | Romance 
Farmer Sweetland is a lonely old widower. He is determined to marry again and he enlists the help of his housekeeper Minta to pick a wife from the local single women.

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