The Farmer Takes A Wife

  • 1935
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

This was Fonda's first screen role, recreating the role he performed on Broadway. Fonda was not the first choice for the part; Gary Cooper and Joel McCrea were offered it first, but both were committed to other projects. The story is set in the New York farmlands of the 1850s when the Erie Canal was the major transportation route and the railroads were...read more

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This was Fonda's first screen role, recreating the role he performed on Broadway. Fonda was not the first choice for the part; Gary Cooper and Joel McCrea were offered it first, but both were committed to other projects. The story is set in the New York farmlands of the 1850s when the Erie

Canal was the major transportation route and the railroads were just beginning to grow. Farmers and canal workers were always at odds because of their differing lifestyles. Fonda is a young man who takes work on a boat to earn money for a farm. The boat's cook, Gaynor, falls in love with him even

though she sees farmers as weak and boring. Fonda wins a boat in a lottery, and Gaynor leaves Bickford's boat to join Fonda. Fonda and Gaynor's relationship begins to stall when Gaynor realizes Fonda really is going to be a farmer. Bickford, mad at Fonda for taking Gaynor away from his boat, goes

after him, and Fonda runs from the big man. When Gaynor hears this, she leaves. When Fonda finds out that people are ridiculing him because of his cowardice, he challenges Bickford and beats him up. As Fonda plows his fields at the end of the film, Gaynor comes running and becomes his wife. An

enjoyable film and a shining intro for Fonda.

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