City Girl

City Girl

Charles Farrell
Director: F.W. Murnau Cast: Charles Farrell
Charles Farrell
, David Torrence
David Torrence
, Mary Duncan
Mary Duncan
F.W. Murnau


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Director F.W. Murnau began City Girl as a silent film, hoping to match the artistic triumph of his earlier Sunrise. Murnau was frustrated by two elements: Fox's decision to hastily convert the film into a talkie, and his inability to secure the services of Sunrise star Janet Gaynor. The director was forced by the studio to substitute the pretty but untalented Mary Duncan, reportedly because she was the girlfriend of one of the Fox executives. The resulting film is a plodding drama about farmer's son Charles Farrell coming to the Big City, where he falls in love with Duncan, bringing her home to meet the folks. Farrell's dad David Torrence predicts that Duncan will be unfaithful, a prophecy which apparently comes true on a dark and stormy night. Based on Elliot Lester's play The Mud Turtle, City Girl has a fascinating image or two to its credit, but the film is a distressingly ordinary effort for the otherwise imaginative F.W. Murnau. The 1938 20th Century-Fox film City Girl is not a remake.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/01/2015
UPC: 0024543991151
Original Release: 1930
Rating: NR
Source: Fox Mod
Time: 1:28:00
Sales rank: 52,618

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Farrell Lem Tustine
David Torrence Tustine
Mary Duncan Kate
Roscoe Ates Reaper
Eddie Boland Actor
Ed Brady Reaper
Tom McGuire Matey
Jack Pennick Reaper
Pat Rooney Butch
Guinn "Big Boy" Williams Reaper
Edith Yorke Mrs. Tustine
Richard Alexander Mac
Anne Shirley Mary Tustine
Mark Hamilton Actor
Ivan Linow Actor
Arnold Lucy Actor
Helen Lynch Actor
Marjorie Beebe Actor
Joe Brown Actor
Harry Grippe Actor
Werner Klingler Actor
Harry Leonard Actor
David Rollins Actor
William Sundholm Actor

Technical Credits
F.W. Murnau Director
H.H. Caldwell Editor
Katherine Hilliker Editor
Arthur Kay Score Composer
Marion Orth Screenwriter
Ernest Palmer Cinematographer
Edgar G. Ulmer Art Director
Berthold Viertel Screenwriter

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