The Farmer's Wife
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This first film version of Eden Philpotts' play The Farmer's Wife was directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The story involves a roughhewn widowed farmer (Samuel Sweetland) in search of a new bride. Every candidate for the "title" proves insufficient, either because they fail to meet the farmer's exacting standards or because they want no part of him. Eventually the farmer realizes that his "perfect" mate has been under his own nose all along. The Farmer's Wife was remade in 1941, with Basil Sydney in the lead. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Charming comedy of rural manners."
‑ , Time Out
"Hitchcock's seventh (silent) feature is a charming, well acted rustic comedy"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The only ordeal bigger than contemplating an empty household is trying to fill it in this fond comedy of humiliation"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"It has been nicely directed with a keen eye for the sunlight and shadows over the winding country roads, and the indoor scenes are always correct as to furnishings."
‑ Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"Enjoyable pastoral silent comedy of manners, that's more interesting as a curio than as one of the Master's better films."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"This early Hitchcock silent film (a comedy, no less) is probably only going to be of interest to Hitchcock enthusiasts, and even then they're going to have to be rabidly enthusiastic."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Hitchcock disliked the film, but it offers an unusual glimpse of the master before he settled into thrillers. Matters of marriage were always much on Hitchcock's mind."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Modern-day fans of his work will see many directorial flourishes that hint at the mastery he displays in later films."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Despite the early plot give-away the film's robust caricatures and gentle humour keep things bowling along nicely."
‑ , Film4
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