The Farmer's Wife
The Farmer's Wife (1928)

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"… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: January 1, 1928
DVD Release Date: July 24, 1999
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Time Out

Charming comedy of rural manners.

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Emanuel Levy

Hitchcock's seventh (silent) feature is a charming, well acted rustic comedy

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Fernando F. Croce

The only ordeal bigger than contemplating an empty household is trying to fill it in this fond comedy of humiliation

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Enjoyable pastoral silent comedy of manners, that's more interesting as a curio than as one of the Master's better films.

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Christopher Null

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.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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TV Guide

Modern-day fans of his work will see many directorial flourishes that hint at the mastery he displays in later films.

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Despite the early plot give-away the film's robust caricatures and gentle humour keep things bowling along nicely.

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