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Plot: Swedish-American farmer's daughter Katrin 'Katie' Holstrom leaves the farm to study nursing in the big, wicked city. Thanks to a chiseling acquaintance, her tuition and expense money disappears the first day, and she's forced to get a job...as a domestic for congressman Glenn Morley. Impressed by… Runtime: 97 min Release Date: 26 Mar 1947
This one's a winner all the way, not a silly comedy but a wry comment on American politics then, before, and since with some humor sprinkled in every now and then. Too bad there aren't more like Katrin Holstrom and Glenn Morley on Capitol Hill. Strange this movie based on a play and directed by a man noted more for stage direction than for film direction should play like a movie should play and not be just another stage play on celluloid. Also the romantic attraction between Katrin and Glenn seems natural with no saccharine added.Talk about a cynical approach to mass political rallies <more>
to introduce new candidates for popular vote: Joseph Clancy Charles Bickford seeing that Katrin Holstrom Loretta Young is confused about what is happening before her eyes remarks that the crowd will approve thunderously of anything said aloud. He proceeds to stand up and yell "Fish for Sale" and the entire auditorium roars with unequivocal approval.And what acting down to the minutest part. Loretta Young deservedly won best actress. Charles Bickford was nominated and should have won best supporting actor. He stands tall above them all and competition is heavy in this flick. You have to be on your toes to out act the likes of Ethel Barrymore and Joseph Cotten, two of the finest acting talents ever, but Loretta Young and Charles Bickford succeed in doing just that.This is one of those pictures that Hollywood used to make that is fun from start to finish with surprising twists and turns from time to time. Though all comes out well in the finish, getting there is worth the journey. Plus this happy ending fits and is not just tacked on for custom and tradition. This little film actually speaks more appropriately for what is good in America than movies with more ballyhoo such as "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington."
Loretta Young won an Oscar for her portrayal of a Swedish farm girl turned congresswoman in this excellent comedy. Joseph Cotten is fine as her co-star. Charles Bickford and Ethel Barrymore provide strong support. Don't miss this one!
an enjoyable comedy when politics was less heavy (by aquon)
This is an interesting romantic comedy with political overtones. The romance and comedy are deftly played and the politics are played satirically. When compared to recent romantic comedy / poliical movies e.g. the American President , this movie's ideals can still be considered relevant today, although the ways and means of campaign financing have changed greatly.
Katie For Congress (by telegonus)
The Farmer's Daughter is a disarmingly charming comedy from the late forties featuring an Oscar-winning performance by Loretta Young in the title role, as a farm-girl turned housemaid in a congressman's family who steals her boss's heart. The rest of the cast give nicely tuned performance, with no real hamming from anyone, which in the case of Ethel Barrymore as the family matriarch, is somewhat surprising, as she tended to overdo it with her eyes and that patrician voice,--but not here. Joseph Cotten's natural good natured goofiness works well in the film, and like Miss <more>
Barrymore, he reins himself in more than usual here. Charles Bickford as the butler is fine also. The best performance in the movie for my money, though, is that of Rhys Williams, as an amorous and amoral house-painter who is also the villain of the piece. Director Hank Potter paces the film well, and the sets are excellently designed and beautiful to behold, especially that of the main house. There's a lot of surface intelligence in the movie, if not much real braininess despite, near the end, its attempt to wring some Capraesque meaning from its slight story. A very good but not great film, this one's worth seeing for what passed for upper echelon if not quite top of the line entertainment a half century or more ago.
We need more of these types of films today. (by gabby2001)
I was truly impressed with this movie. It entertainingly told us how important our votes are. It was not heavy handed, but showed us how important each and every voice is. How anyone can run for public office and represent certain values. It showed us how ugly politics can get, the smear campaigns, the lying and payoffs. It is something many of today's voters are painfully unaware of. In this day of apathy, it is time for films such as these to be released and remind us of how wonderful this country is, and how important a single vote is. It is a personal right, a way of running our own <more>
government, something that is woefully ignored in today's filmmaking. Capra said it many times over in films such as "Meet John Doe" and "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington" -- they were big hits. Hollywood -- it is time to do something right for our country!
This is a story of a farm girl who becomes a maid and steps into world of politics.She also happens to fall in love with a congressman.The Farmer's Daughter 1947 is directed by H.C. Potter.It's based on the Finnish play Juurakon Hulda, written by Hella Wuolijoki under the pen name Juhani Tervapää .I haven't read the play, at least not yet, but I know the movie differs from the play a bit.Like the main character has been made Swedish-American.And what a wonderful job by Loretta Young as our protagonist Katie Holstrom.She won an Oscar she very much deserved.Joseph Cotten makes <more>
a perfect leading man, Glenn Morley.And Ethel Barrymore gives a powerful performance as his mother Agatha.Charles Bickford is terrific as Joseph Clancy.Lex Barker, Keith Andes and James Arness, who passed away last year, play Katie's brothers.Charles Lane plays the part of Jackson, campaign reporter.There's a lot to like in this movie.I very much enjoyed the skating scene.It's romantic, it's funny.It's everything a scene needs to work.Romance has rarely met comedy in such a successful way.
When Loretta Young beat out Rosalind Russell in the Academy Award sweepstakes of 1947 it was considered one of the great upsets in the history of Oscar. Russell had gotten a lot of acclaim for her dramatic breakthrough performance in Mourning Becomes Electra which was RKO's prestige picture of the year. The O'Neill drama flopped at the box office. Young was nominated almost as an afterthought to round out the field in 1947. Of course RKO didn't care because The Farmer's Daughter was also one of their films.Young worked hard to get her proper Swedish accent for the film and the <more>
results would have made Greta Garbo proud. I can't see Garbo appearing in a film like The Farmer's Daughter though.Young plays Katie Holstrum who leaves the family farm to study nursing and in an almost Forrest Gump like set of circumstances winds up working as a maid in Congressman Joseph Cotten's home. She's not working for just Cotten. Presiding over the home and the state of Minnesota itself is Cotten's mother Ethel Barrymore. Ethel's not only queen of her own roost, but she's a Senator's widow and still one formidable power in her state of Minnesota. And there's Charles Bickford the family butler who got an Oscar nomination himself in this film for Best Supporting Actor as Young's gruff, but kindly mentor.Although at the time this film was made Young was 34 years old she does manage to convey youth here. It worked in this case because in 1947 a lot of people were starting their careers late. It's pointed out in the story that she stayed on the family farm while her beefcake brothers, James Arness, Keith Andes, and Lex Barker were all in the service during World War II.A long running television series was adapted from this film with the tragic Inger Stevens in the lead and William Windom in Cotten's role. Cathleen Nesbitt was the grande political dame. The butler's role was dropped and Windom was made a widower with two boys. Even with a genuine Swede like Stevens playing Katie, Young still comes out the better.Too bad Rosalind Russell never got an Oscar, but Loretta Young was one of the great survivors of Hollywood and her award was as much an award for a lifetime as for the still fresh and funny, The Farmer's Daughter.
Not having seen the movie before, it was a complete surprise to watch it on cable the other night. This film shows that little, if nothing, ever changes in the world of politics. In fact, it could well be compared to this year's presidential contest. The only thing that has changed from the time where this film was done is that in order to win an election in this country, the candidate must be independently wealthy, or have benefactors that are willing to put up the money in exchange of favors down the line, or not be able to run at all.H. C. Potter's film shows us a slice of what on <more>
the surface was an ideal time in America during the 40s, but deep down, this film speaks a lot of what was wrong then, in a subtle way. Young Katrin Holstrom arrives in Capital City wanting to be a nurse. She has to change plans because when she arrives in the city, she has no money because an unscrupulous man had swindled her out of it. She begins working as a maid at the Morley's mansion. They are the local big name in politics. Mrs. Morley makes candidates, or destroys them. Her own son, Glenn is a Congressman.All this atmosphere contributes to the growth of Katrin, or Katie, as she is called. She takes an interest in politics and she shows that she can speak and ask the right questions the candidates don't want to answer. The movie shows the dirty side of campaigns, in general, as is the case of with what's happening in 2004 in America. Loretta Young was perfect as Katrin Halstrom. In this film she out charms everyone that she comes in contact with. Joseph Cotten is as effective as she always was in whatever he appeared in. Ethel Barrymore is Agatha, the rich woman behind the political machine. Charles Bickford is also excellent as Joseph, the butler.Most movies from that period are sadly dated, but this one keeps the ideals of democracy in check. Bravo to Dory Schary for bringing this movie to the screen.
Loretta Young and Joseph Cotten's talented work in this genre of Hollywood leftism. An apt display of its' penchant for the disdain of capitalism, and the glorification of the common working man, there are scenes with script reminiscent of the writings of Karl Marx. It's typical portrayal of populism is typical of the thinking of the Hollywood left that was and still is prevalent to this day. See this film as a set-piece for the views of the era, and its' communist leanings. Young is an attractive and idealistic immigrant, albeit with leftist leanings who sees an establishment <more>
corrupt because it doen't guarantee a living wage to all,even as she agrees that one should be responsible for ones own security. It falsely portrays a political machine that allows sinister establishment characters to prey on the public, while idealistic candidate Katie only wants the best for the common man,who has been duped by the establishment.Pure Eugene Debbs propaganda. Cotten is among that establishment, that as a matter of birth, he has been incorporated into the capitalist rip-off, but comes to realize the error of his ways in an epiphany of love of the innocent Katie. Young plays Katie,a wise and sweet maid servant turned political" do gooder" candidate. All and all, a totally implausible script, but wonderfully Hollywood, and totally conformed to the political left leanings of the elite who rule Hollywood, then and now.