The farmer's daughter

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German title The farmer's daughter
Original title The Farmer's Daughter
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1947
length 100 minutes
Director Henry C. Potter
script Allen Rivkin
Laura Kerr
production Dore Schary for RKO
music Leigh Harline
camera Milton Krasner
cut Harry Marker

The farmer's daughter (originally The Farmer's Daughter ) is an American comedy film with Loretta Young and directed by Henry C. Potter from 1947. The script was created after the Juurakon Hulda of Hella Wuolijoki for RKO .


Katie Holstrom leaves her Swedish immigrant parents 'farm to attend nurses' school in Capitol City. The house painter Adolph Petree offers to take her with him, but he steals her money. Katie, who doesn't want help from her parents, takes on a job with Agatha Morley and her son Glenn, a politician. She soon impressed Agatha and the caretaker Joseph with their refreshing manner. Glenn, too, feels drawn to Katie. The Morleys want to win the unscrupulous Anders J. Finley to replace a deceased Congressman, which Katie frowns upon. At a public hearing, she asks Finley awkward questions. The opposition leaders are impressed by Katie and offer her full support in the upcoming election. She has to give up her job with the Morleys, however. During the election campaign in which Glenn trains her, Finley tries to damage Katie's reputation. He bribes Petree to testify that Katie stayed with him for one night. The disturbed Katie takes refuge on her parents' farm. Glenn, hearing of the slander, follows her and proposes marriage. Agatha Morley learns of her son's intentions. She can stop Finley's bribes. With the help of Katie's brothers Olaf, Sven and Peter, Glenn is able to get Petree out of Finley's reach and make a confession on the radio. His mother ends Finley's support and turns to Katie's election campaign. At the end of the film, Glenn carries Katie over the threshold of the House of Representatives.


Loretta Young began her career in 1928 at the age of 15 as the leading lady of Lon Chaney in Laugh, Clown, Laugh . She quickly rose to become a popular performer in the romantic fate of women, and was known more for her elegant appearance and flawless looks than for her dramatic skills. After a long and bitter dispute with Darryl F. Zanuck , the boss of 20th Century Fox , she worked from 1940 without a permanent studio contract and was able to charge a fee of 150,000 US dollars in the middle of the decade. The rights for the previously unreleased in America play Hulda, Daughter of Parliament , by the Finnish author Hella Wuolijoki (announced as Juhni Tervataa in the film's credit) were held by David O. Selznick , who saw his greatest female star Ingrid Bergman in the lead role . Selznick, who in addition to his own productions also had numerous projects realized as joint ventures by other studios, finally reached an agreement with Dore Schary , RKO's head of production , about the filming. The line-up with Ingrid Bergman failed because of the falling out between the star and the producer. Selznick then proposed Dorothy McGuire for the lead role, who was also under contract with him. Schary refused, as did Selznick's next suggestion to give Sonja Henie the lead role . In the end, both parties agreed on Loretta Young, who had recently signed a contract for two films with RKO.

The actress was skeptical at first as she saw problems acquiring a Swedish accent. Finally, speech therapist Ruth Roberts, who had already successfully trained Ingrid Bergman's Swedish accent, took on the task of coaching Young accordingly. After both parties had agreed on the leading actress, Selznick loaned the actors Joseph Cotten and Ethel Barrymore to RKO for correspondingly high fees . Filming took place in the late summer of 1946, but the studio did not officially release the film, which had already been completed in September 1946, until March 1947 in order to qualify for the Oscar nominations of the year. Loretta Young was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her portrayal , but in view of the competition from Joan Crawford in Unrestrained Love and Rosalind Russell in Mourning Becomes Elektra at the 1948 Academy Awards, little chances were expected . Contrary to expectations, Young won the award in the end.

The actress repeated her role in an episode of her Loretta Young Show on television in 1954 .

In 1962 the play again formed the basis for a television film, this time with Lee Remick and Peter Lawford . The television station ABC subsequently produced a series of the same name with Inger Stevens in the leading role, which ran from 1963 to 1966 and had 101 episodes.


The lexicon of international films also found words of praise:.

A song of praise for the idealistic American understanding of democracy, performed with the help of comedy. Despite amusing individual scenes, on the whole ambivalent.


The film went to the 1948 Academy Awards with two nominations :

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Individual evidence

  1. The Farmer's Daughter. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed January 24, 2019 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used