- Format: DVD-Video
- Language: English
- Subtitles: Spanish, Japanese, Chinese
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 7
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00000JQSQ
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Hitchcock;Alfred V2 7 Pack
7 DVD SET INCLUDES: Sabotage The Lodger Blackmail Easy Virtue Rich and Strange The Sorcerer’s Apprentice The Farmer’s Wife Murder! The Man Who Knew Too Much The Lady Vanishes
Essentially a one-joke story line based on Eden Philpotts's comic play, the 1928 silent film The Farmer's Wife makes up for its lack of substantive material with a noticeable leap in Alfred Hitchcock's cinematic skills. Jameson Thomas stars as a rustic farmer named Sweetland whose recently deceased wife has left a hole in his home and life. The subsequent marriage of his daughter inspires Sweetland to contemplate the altar again, and he enlists the aid of his lovely housekeeper, Minta (Lillian Hall-Davies), to draw up a list of available if ill-considered candidates. One by one, Sweetland proposes to the ladies and is rebuffed, then huffs his way home to a warm reception by the woman he should obviously be with: Minta. In almost anyone else's hands, this slight and silly tale would instantly evaporate, but Hitchcock takes it as an opportunity to make a lively, good-looking film full of delightful transitions (this is the kind of movie where a wordless exchanged glance leads us from one world and into another), at least one early experiment with a rapid dolly shot (all roads lead to Vertigo, don't you know), and a remarkable amount of suggestively grim humor. One paving stone on the path to Hitchcock's full, brilliant career, The Farmer's Wife reveals a great talent still growing. Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This dated and predictable film was nevertheless well-acted by Jameson Thomas as the farmer and Lillian Hall-Davis as his housekeeper. Hall-Davis also starred in another Hitchcock's silent comedy "The Ring" (a much better film), also available as a Laserlight DVD.
Thomas portrays Sweetland so completely without charm, tact or grace it is easy to see why the women all reject him. Unfortunately he manages this so completely it is impossible to feel any pathos for the man, and one can feel only sympathy for the woman who eventually consents to be his bride.
Gill, Pounds, Slade and Bassett are all uniformly excellent as the various objects of Sweetlands pursuits, while Hall-Davies and Harker who were so good in "The Ring" are largely wasted in this coarse script.
Hitch, well aware of the built in popularity of the film seizes the opportunity to experiment behind the camera, the fluid camera movements owe much to Hitch's hero Murnau and the film features one of the first rapid dolly shots.
Hitch's broadest of comedies has dated badly, while it is a highly polished exercise in commercial film production, there are only so many laughs to be gained from watching Harker repeatedly drop his trousers.
Following his wife's death, farmer Sweetland (Jameson Thomas) goes in search of a new wife. He has his pick of any of the middle-aged spinsters in town, as well as an overweight hysteric and an equestrienne socialite.
Minta (Lillian Hall Davis) is his meek little maid who has loved him for many years, but now decides to make her move. But just as she is about to, the many "lovelies" in the town decide to marry him after all!
This pristine, black and white-tinted silent is backed by a colorful orchestra soundtrack, which underscores every mood and emotion shown on the screen.
A delightful silent programmer.
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