The Country Mouse and the City Mouse in human form
This film is part of a DVD set entitled "Treasures III"--a set of four DVDs all about social issues and reform. The second disk (where you'll find this one) is about women's issues in particular.
Oddly, this film was made by the United States Department of Agriculture in the Maryland and Washington, DC area. However, according to the available audio commentary, the actors are local stage actors--not non-professionals.
The first part of the film shows Mrs. Jones working about the farm. Again and again, things go poorly for her. Finally, she gives up and demands that her husband sell the farm and that they move into town. Instead, the husband insists that she spend a few weeks in town with her sister, as she needs a break.
The second part is at the sister's house. Although the family makes more money than Mrs. Jones', they also live in a tiny apartment and life isn't nearly as cool as life on the farm. It's a not so subtle message from the USDA in support of the farmers' life. It's also the same message that you lady see in cartoons such as "The Country Mouse and the City Mouse" as well as the exceptional THE CROWD (1928).
Finally, in the third section, she returns home--realizing how great life is and how much it sucks to live in town. A very unsubtle message to be sure and the comparisons are spurious, but still an interesting peek into 1920s America.
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