Our Daily Bread
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Unable to secure Hollywood-studio backing for his Depression-era agrarian drama Our Daily Bread, director King Vidor financed the picture himself, with the eleventh-hour assistance of Charles Chaplin. Intended as a sequel to Vidor's silent classic The Crowd (1928) the film casts Tom Keene and Karen Morley as John and Mary, the roles originated in the earlier film by James Murray and Eleanor Boardman. Unable to make ends meet in the Big City, John and Mary assume control of an abandoned farm, even though they know nothing about tilling the soil. Generous to a fault, the couple opens their… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It makes for an interesting Depression-era time capsule survival film from the New Deal period."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The silence tries one's patience but the film is noteworthy in showing us that chickens are not born in supermarket wrappings."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"Technically impressive, well-intended, but ultimately too melodramatic"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"King Vidor's Angelus, as it were, with elemental triumphs as spacious and limpid as Millet's"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A harsh film that reflects the Depression era, King Vidor's chronicle is both artistically and ideologically a significant Hollywood feature"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A thought-provoking documentary that gives us a new appreciation of the time, energy, and hard labor that lies behind the creation, packaging and delivery of the food we eat."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A wonderful social statement, a bit naive by today's standards, but still powerful"
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
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