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WAY BACK HOME
Watching this film is like looking through a time warp. The sets, the period clothing, the characters. If you go into a computer window and look at historical images, such as Brady photos and other tin types from the 19th and early twentieth century, then watch this film especially the faces of the actors,( there is a close up momentary shot of one particular lady who, stares, head and shoulders, looking right at the camera), She looks like she stepped right of the long ago past. It gave me chills. The sallow, care worn lived in faces, brilliant images, similar to those in Grapes Of Wrath. The story plot may seem corny, but the visual images are amazing.
Down Home Farm Life
Once again, I love these old movies about home life on the farm. This one is made so much better with the addition of a young Bette Davis as a neighbor's daughter who needs help. Taffy pulls, singings, barn dances and good morals versus those who have "fallen" are just some of the interesting aspects of this radio show come to life. Darro does a swell job as the not quite adopted boy loved by this family who tries to help one and all. Sweet glimpse of true-to-life ideologies of the early 30s country life. Davis does great as usual, but then she could act tied in a gunny sack held under water in a drenching rain!
Radio's Philips Lord & 23yo Bette Davis
The character of Seth Parker was from the old Philips Lord's "Prairie Home Companion" radio program. Brought to the screne with as very young Bette Davis it is a delight. Set in New England with a real down-home feel to it, Davis is in her element as Lucy Duffy. Already she's started to steal the shows with amazing acting abilities to go deeply into character and bring audiences with her. I highly recommend this film and ask TCM to air it. The film is wholesome good stuff for the whole family.
On Turner Home Video: So Show it TCM!
Seth Parker was a radio character made famous by Phillips Lord on the show "A Prairie Home Companion." This time, the country gent helps Mary-Lucy Duffy (23yo Bette Davis, who's making her 3rd film appearance!) join her beloved, David Clark (Frank Albertson). The setting's in Maine, in the country, and all American is the old fashioned community values ways. The "Yankee Lady" (Davis would later be called) is right at home in this very low key Yankee community. Davis is already turning in remarkable performances that largely go under-noticed by the big wigs. This is an RKO Radio Picture with a runtime of 81 minutes on VHS. Please show this rare film TCM.
Radio Show Brought to Film
Philips Lord created & played Seth Parker, a famous radio character. 23yo Bette Davis is presented as the leading lady who Seth Parker is going to help reunite with her love interest. Davis is clearly at home in a film about mellow village living on a farm in Maine. Her performance is so convincing that Phillips Lord's radio character & show is brought to life on the silver screen. I have the VHS by RKO which wasn't difficult to find. It's quite clear that Bette Davis is already going to make every scene a joy to watch.