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Farmer Takes A Wife

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A farmer takes a job on a canal boat and finds a wife, much to the dismay of her father and the boat’s jealous captain. Shown in 4:3 full frame presentation.

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  • Actors: Janet Gaynor, Henry Fonda, Jane Withers
  • Directors: Victor Fleming
  • Writers: Edwin J. Burke, Marc Connelly, Frank B. Elser
  • Producers: Winfield R. Sheehan
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: April 15, 2013
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00C2U6I2U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,258 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By V. M. Badertscher on May 9, 2013
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This film is interesting for several reasons. If you are a history buff, you'll enjoy the picture of life on the Erie Canal as the canal-boat people came to the realization that the railroad was there to stay and meant the death of canal traffic.More important to old movie fans, this was Henry Fonda's first movie role, and he is aw-shucks wonderful. Janet Gaynor's portrayal of her feisty character shows that good acting holds up over the decades. Finally, the character actors, including Charles Bickford, Margaret Hamilton and Andy Devine. Jane Withers, child actor, plays a small part. The plot is a bit hokey, and people tend to break into song for barely discernible reasons. And of course the trips down the canal look hokey to us today, with the projected backgrounds. But the acting, plus the delicious good looks of Henry Fonda make up for those dated qualities.
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Living in upstate New York and having an interest in local history we have been fascinated by the history of the Erie Canal. This film depicts the canal quite accurately, though it was actually filmed on a different canal. The story line was sufficiently interesting to make the film worth seeing even if you don't much care about the canal itself, but you should. It played a huge role in the creation of this great nation. Without the Erie Canal our westward expansion would have been much more difficult and slower.

The quality is quite good considering the age of the film and it's interesting to see Henry Fonda in his first film role.
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The production and performances are fine and so is the writing but...I don't want to be living on The Erie Canal in 1840. Or, any other time. The Fox DVD transfer is okay, so if you think you like the setting, go for it. Otherwise spend your money elsewhere.
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For those who are students of canal history, you will love every minute of this old, classic movie.
Well directed, acted, and filmed. Henry Fonda's first film. Lots of familiar faces. The film portrays the Erie Canal, but was filmed on the Lehigh Canal near Freemansburg. Chronicles the the era when the railroad began to replace the canal as the major mode of transportation in the east.
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