The Farmer Takes a Wife

Overview

The Farmer Takes a Wife is a musicalized remake of the 1935 film of the same name. Betty Grable and Dale Robertson star in the roles originally essayed by Janet Gaynor and Henry Fonda. Set in the early 19th century, the plot details the trials and tribulations of those hardy souls who settled along the Erie Canal. Grable plays Molly Larkin, the girlfriend of rough-and-tumble canal-boat captain Jotham Klore John Carroll. Much to Klore's dismay, she hires mild-mannered farmer Daniel Harrow Robertson to work on the ...
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Overview

The Farmer Takes a Wife is a musicalized remake of the 1935 film of the same name. Betty Grable and Dale Robertson star in the roles originally essayed by Janet Gaynor and Henry Fonda. Set in the early 19th century, the plot details the trials and tribulations of those hardy souls who settled along the Erie Canal. Grable plays Molly Larkin, the girlfriend of rough-and-tumble canal-boat captain Jotham Klore John Carroll. Much to Klore's dismay, she hires mild-mannered farmer Daniel Harrow Robertson to work on the boat. Molly and Daniel fall in love and marry, but there's many a heartbreak and letdown before a happy ending can be reached. Though not in any way a "typical" Betty Grable musical, Farmer Takes a Wife was misleadingly advertised as such: one promotional still showed a grinning Grable anachronistically garbed in tight jeans and a bare-midriff blouse! Both versions of The Farmer Takes a Wife were adapted from the stage play by Frank B. Elser and Marc Connelly.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/1989
  • UPC: 086162172434
  • Original Release: 1953
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Betty Grable Molly Larkin
Dale Robertson Daniel Harrow
Thelma Ritter Lucy Cashdollar
John Carroll Jotham Klore
Eddie Foy Jr. Fortune Friendly
Charlotte Austin Pearl Dodd
Kathleen Crowley Susanna
Merry Anders Hannah
Noreen Michaels Amy
Ruth Hall Abbie
William Pullen John
Mort Mills Floyd
Lee Turnbull Andy
Howard Negley Gov. Fish
Joanne Jordan Boatwife
Gene Roth Ethan McCarthy
Mel Pogue Abner Green
Gwen Verdon Abigail
Fred Graham McCracken
Jack Stoney Gilhooley
John Butler Drunk
Gordon Nelson Race official
Fred Aldrich
John Close
Jack Harris Militia Officer
Ed Hinton Boater
Bobby Hyatt
Ted Jordan Driver
Donald Kerr Jacob
Paul Kruger
Kermit Maynard
Emile G. Meyer
Ralph Montgomery Boater
Lee Phelps Bartender
Ralph Sanford Quack
Max Wagner
May Wynn Eva
Don Garrett Cab Driver
Brad Mora Boy
Technical Credits
Henry Levin Director
Harold Arlen Score Composer
Arthur E. Arling Cinematographer
Sally Benson Screenwriter
Walter Bullock Screenwriter
Jack Cole Choreography
Joseph Fields Screenwriter
Louis Loeffler Editor
Cyril Mockridge Score Composer
Lionel Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Frank P. Rosenberg Producer
William Travilla Costumes/Costume Designer
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