The Farmer’s Daughter (1947)

H.C. POTTER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA, 1947.  , ,  .  Screenplay by , , based on the play by Juurakon Hulda by . Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1947.

Loretta Young is delightful in this curiously funny story about a Swedish farm girl who moves to the big city to become a nurse and ends up being a housemaid for a congressman () and his mother (Ethel Barrymore).  Young constantly inputs her intelligence into the political conversations of the dinner table until it culminates with a rally where she challenges the family’s top political candidate and unwittingly becomes one herself.  Now she finds herself running for congress, but not before her opponent makes good use of an inconvenient secret of her past in order to smear her. This intelligently written film benefits from a marvelously rebellious ending: where girls are usually forced to give up their careers for marriage in movies, this girl decides she can have it all. Young deserved her Oscar, a rare choice for a comedy performance, but she’s just the beginning of the delights to be had here.

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