GenreComedy, Musical, Romance CinematographyArthur E. Arling CountryUnited States
Release dateJuly 1953 (1953-07) Based onThe Farmer Takes a Wife
by Frank B. Elser
by Walter D. Edmonds WriterWalter Bullock (screenplay), Sally Benson (screenplay), Joseph Fields (screenplay), Frank B. Elser (play), Marc Connelly (play), Walter D. Edmonds (novel) DirectorsHenry Levin, Victor Fleming CastBetty Grable (Molly Larkins), Dale Robertson (Dan Harrow), Thelma Ritter (Lucy Cashdollar), John Carroll (Jotham Klore), Eddie Foy Jr. (Fortune Friendly), Charlotte Austin (Pearl Dowd) Similar moviesThelma Ritter appears in The Farmer Takes a Wife and Daddy Long Legs
The farmer takes a wife dance segment
The Farmer Takes a Wife is a 1953 Technicolor musical comedy film starring Betty Grable. The picture is a remake of the 1935 film of the same name which starred Janet Gaynor and Henry Fonda. Grable and Dale Robertson first appeared together in the movie Call Me Mister (1951).
During the 19th century, where Molly Larkin (Betty Grable), the girlfriend of rough-and-tumble canal-boat captain Jotham Klore (John Carroll) she hires mild-mannered farmer Daniel Harrow (Dale Robertson) to work on the boat. Molly and Dan fall in love and marry.
Betty Grable as Molly Larkins
Dale Robertson as Dan Harrow
Thelma Ritter as Lucy Cashdollar
John Carroll as Jotham Klore
Eddie Foy, Jr. as Fortune Friendly
Charlotte Austin as Pearl Dowd
Kathleen Crowley as Susanna
Merry Anders as Hannah
May Wynn as Eva Gooch
Nancy Abbate as Little Girl (uncredited)
Doreen Tracey as Little Girl (uncredited)
The Farmer Takes a Wife was presented on Best Plays June 28, 1953. The one-hour adaptation starred John Forsythe and Joan Lorring.