WriterElizabeth Hill, Joseph L. Mankiewicz Release dateAugust 1, 1934 (1934-08-01) (U.S. premiere)
October 2, 1934 (1934-10-02) (U.S. wide)
July 22, 1935 (1935-07-22) (Denmark)
December 15, 1935 (1935-12-15) (Finland) CastKaren Morley (Mary Sims), Tom Keene (John Sims), Barbara Pepper (Sally), Addison Richards (Louie Fuente), John Qualen (Chris Larsen) Similar moviesInterstellar, Young Ones, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Youth, The Last Airbender
TaglineWe live! We love! We fight! We hate! What don't we do for - OUR DAILY BREAD
Our Daily Bread is a 1934 American film directed by King Vidor and starring Karen Morley, Tom Keene, and John Qualen. The movie is a sequel to Vidor's silent classic The Crowd (1928), using the same characters although with different actors. Vidor tried to interest Irving Thalberg of MGM in the project, but Thalberg, who had greenlighted the earlier film, rejected the idea. Vidor then produced the film himself and released it through United Artists.
The film is also known as Hell's Crossroads, an American reissue title.
In 2015, the United States Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry, finding it "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
Our daily bread 1934 uniorder
The film depicts a couple, down on their luck during the Great Depression, who move to a farm to try to make a go of living off the land. They don't have a clue at first, but soon find other people down on their luck to help them. Soon they have a collective of people, some from the big city, who work together on a farm. There is a severe drought, killing the crops. The people then dig a ditch by hand almost two miles long to divert water from a creek to irrigate the crops. The film is an entertaining, uplifting political allegory about the virtues of collective, non-corporate action, self-sufficiency, and the rewards of hard-work rather than the rewards of rapacious finance capitalism; it is not an instructional "how-to" film from an agricultural institute; consequently, the film ends with the people celebrating wildly in the water then harvesting the crops, not showing how they managed to direct the narrow stream of water over the huge plain to evenly irrigate the crops.
Karen Morley as Mary Sims
Tom Keene as John Sims
Barbara Pepper as Sally
Addison Richards as Louie Fuente
John Qualen as Chris Larsen
Lloyd Ingraham as Uncle Anthony
Sidney Bracey as Rent Collector
The film was a box office disappointment.
Sidney Bracey – "Just Because You're You"
The farmers – "You're in the Army Now"
Musicians at the farm – "Camptown Races" (music by Stephen Foster)
Tom Keene – "Oh! Susanna" with modified lyrics (music and lyrics by Stephen Foster)