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The Nut Farm (1935)

Approved | | Comedy | 25 March 1935 (USA)
Bob and Helen decide to move to California and make a fresh start. Bob wants to buy a nut farm, but Helen dreams of being in the movies. While Bob is looking for a farm to buy, Helen is ... See full summary »

Director:

Melville W. Brown (as Melville Brown)

Writers:

George Waggner (screenplay), John C. Brownell (based on his play: "The Nut Farm")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Wallace Ford ... Willie Barton
Betty Alden ... Helen Barton Brent
Florence Roberts ... Ma Barton - Willie's Mother
Spencer Charters ... Sliscomb - the Landlord
Oscar Apfel ... Bob Bent - Helen's Husband
Bradley Page ... Hamilton T. Holland - Acting School
Lorin Raker Lorin Raker ... Biddleford - Holland's Writer
Arnold Gray ... Eustace Van Norton - Holland's Actor
Joan Gale Joan Gale ... Agatha Sliscomb
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Bob and Helen decide to move to California and make a fresh start. Bob wants to buy a nut farm, but Helen dreams of being in the movies. While Bob is looking for a farm to buy, Helen is taken in by a group of scam artists who promise to make her a star. Helen's brother Willie tries to prevent her and Bob from losing all their money to the scam artists. Written by Snow Leopard

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1935 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A pleasant little diversion
29 July 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Nut Farm" is a pleasant little film. While it's far from great and not a must-see, it certainly is a bit better than just a time-passer. The story is about a family of idiots who plan on moving to California to buy a farm. I say they are idiots because along the way they fall into the clutches of a crook who insists they all will become movie stars if they just invest in his film. They put their life savings into the project with this oily jerk and it's up to Willie (Wallace Ford) to try to save the day. The problem is that despite his attempts to warn everyone, they are such bubble-heads that they won't heed his warnings.

As I said above, this is not a great film by any standard but is is competently directed and fun. My complaints about it are relatively few (such as why would Willie agree to direct this film?!). Worth seeing if you are a fan of B-movies--like me.

By the way, this is the first film I've ever seen that used the term 'poverty row' to describe the ultra-low budget studios. While this was an industry term, it rarely was used in movies--particularly in a film made by one of the so-called poverty row studios (Monogram).


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