Loretta Younger Simply Fantastic as ‘The Farmer’s Daughter’ 1947


As “The Farmer’s Daughter,” Loretta Younger leads a high-quality forged on this 1947
romantic comedy: Joseph Cotten, Charles Bickford, and Ethel Barrymore.

In my sixth decade, I lastly bought round to watching the
1947 movie The Farmer’s Daughter. I
averted this romantic comedy my whole film watching life, considering it foolish
and sappy.

Whereas The Farmer’s Daughter
is a complete fairy story, it’s offered as such. The RKO comedy tweaks the
premise, providing a wink at its “farmer’s daughter” references, since
Katie Holstrom is a Swedish Cinderella who makes good. The conditions are
completely unrealistic, however the dialogue and attitudes are surprisingly sensible and
forward-thinking for the period.

Loretta Younger is “The Farmer’s Daughter,” who leaves her large household for the large metropolis!

Younger’s Katie leaves her farm dwelling for the “capitol metropolis” to
turn into a nurse. The small city woman doesn’t even make it from the bus cease
earlier than getting conned out of her financial savings, by a boozy businessman. Katie finds
work on the capital as a maid for the political Morley household. Her refreshing
no-nonsense vitality finally ends up charming your entire household, particularly the
politician son. By way of a collection of fanciful conditions, Katie finally ends up operating
for congress! However there are just a few bumps alongside the political stump earlier than Katie Holstrom
finally ends up a winner in each manner.  

A bump within the highway for “The Farmer’s Daughter” is when she takes a experience from this bum!

There is a Frank Capra really feel to this film, with populist
political attitudes spoon-fed with a little bit of cinematic sugar. Message moviemaker
Dore Schary produced this movie, which could be the motive. It raises the fashionable
eyebrow {that a} film remodeled 75 years in the past brings up the problems of a residing
wage, politicians paying extra consideration to their donors than constituents,
mudslinging, and many others. Some issues by no means change!

Don’t be concerned, this “Farmer’s Daughter” would not costume in hand-me-downs for lengthy!

The subject that at all times takes over The Farmer’s Daughter was Loretta Younger’s shock Oscar win
within the title position. The consensus was that Rosalind Russell would win, additionally for
RKO, with Mourning Turns into Electra.
This was again within the day, when studios swayed their votes towards their very own
nominees. So, it was a shock that the studio did not win for his or her favored
nominee. As for the remaining noms, Joan Crawford waited 20 years since
arriving in Hollywood to win an Oscar for Mildred
two years earlier than, so she wasn’t gonna get a second one two years
later for Possessed. Dorothy McGuire,
a high-quality actress, wasn’t even nominated for such current roles in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Enchanted Cottage, or The Spiral Staircase. Frankly, she solely
bought nominated for her main girl sort position in Gentleman’s Settlement as a result of it was a “status” image.
That leaves Susan Hayward in Smash-Up: The
Story of a Girl
. Hayward bought raves for her first nominated position, however
maybe the insider rumors that the movie was a take-off on “beloved” Bing
Crosby’s sad marriage to alcoholic Dixie Lee harm her possibilities. Additionally, Susan
waited so long as Joan to get her
first Oscar. 

Loretta Younger’s shock Oscar win overshadowed the charms of “The Farmer’s Daughter.”

That left Loretta Younger, within the uncommon comedy efficiency that
wins an Academy Award.  Was The Farmer’s Daughter an Oscar-winning
efficiency? The brief reply isn’t any. However Younger is in excellent type right here, taking part in
with energy, spirit, and good humor as Katie. Her character is just not the butt
of jokes, and she or he perseveres and speaks her thoughts. A scene the place Katie practices
with a speech from the Morley household’s late senator to follow her English and
public talking is splendidly accomplished by a delicate Younger.

A beautiful scene in “The Farmer’s Daughter,” when Katie reads the late senator’s speech.

Although this not being a practical type movie, I want somebody
would have requested Loretta to tone down her glamour masks a bit.
Ingrid Bergman, the unique selection as Katie,
definitely would have, as she usually did when taking part in non-glamour roles.
When she’s requested about her life on
the farm, Younger’s farm woman describes her indoor and out of doors chores in
close-up, which is amusing to think about her harvesting crops and livestock in
full make-up! 
Younger might have definitely dialed it again a bit with out dropping her attract.
Loretta had the pure seems which can be so coveted and created by beauty
procedures as we speak: enormous cat eyes, full lips, and excessive, rounded cheekbones.
Additionally, her modest wardrobe is shortly
changed with fashionable, form-fitting Edith Head maid frocks and later political

“The Farmer’s Daughter” is the best-dressed maid within the capitol metropolis!

However Loretta Younger’s comedic efficiency is performed straight
with no winks to the viewers. Which makes her character much more endearing,
and you’ll be rooting for her as she goes from farm woman to accommodate maid to
political candidate.

Joseph Cotten was underrated throughout his period as an actor.
Typically forged for his heat attraction, he often bought his greatest notices when forged because the
villain, like Shadow of a Doubt. However
his type was very pure in an period when main males have been hyper-masculine,
particularly post-war when stars like Heston, Lancaster, and Douglas have been intense
and infrequently anti-heroes. In fact, as Glenn Morley, the politician son from a
political household, he’s immediately taken by maiden Loretta, which is a bit icky
by as we speak’s requirements. However Cotten pulls it off. Cotten performs the romantic comedy
facet easily and is empathetic within the extra critical moments.

Joseph Cotten makes a really interesting main man in “The Farmer’s Daughter.”

Ethel Barrymore as Cotton’s political matriarch Agatha
brings type and droll humor to her position. And Charles Bickford is forged in
curmudgeonly mode because the household butler Joseph, who immediately takes to Katie,
regardless of her excessive spirited methods. Cotton, Barrymore, and Bickford play off every
different nicely because the political family. And they’re all charmed in their very own
manner by Katie, who has labored her manner into their hearts.

Katie wins the day and election in 1947’s “The Farmer’s Daughter.” Loretta Younger
 with Joseph Cotten and Charles Bickford.

As Katie’s brawny brothers, James Arness, Lex Barker, and
Keith Andes provide the muscle. Throughout the large brawl on the finale, James Arness
was certainly an enormous of a hero, stacking up the unhealthy guys like hearth wooden.

As for Loretta’s accent, the voice coach who taught Ingrid
Bergman to lose her Swedish accent
taught Younger hers. As for Younger’s accent, whereas I am no professional, it sounded high-quality
with out being distracting. Notice that Katie’s brothers are accent-free besides
for just a few “yahs.”

These are the brawny brothers of “The Farmer’s Daughter”:
James Arness, Lex Barker, and Keith Andes.

The naysayers of The
Farmer’s Daughter
will choose away on the fairytale plot, Loretta’s accent,
or the politics not being to their liking. Watched with an open thoughts, it is a
charming, shiny film.

As “The Farmer’s Daughter,” Katie is plain-spoken and infrequently outspoken!