The Harvester


1h 12m 1936

Film Details

Release Date
May 5, 1936
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Harvester by Gene Stratton-Porter (Garden City, NY, 1911).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 12m
Film Length
8 reels

Synopsis

In a small town in Indiana in the 1890s, the domineering and ambitious Mrs. Biddle arranges a marriage between her spoiled daughter Thelma and the town's prize catch, harvester David Langston, who is wedded to the soil. David is friends with orphan Ruth Jameson and, although she is in love with him, he eventually gives in to the machinations of Mrs. Biddle and consents to marry Thelma. Meanwhile, technological advances come to town, including its first gasoline buggy, galvanic battery, and metal bathtub fitted with running water. When Mrs. Biddle tries to convince David to give up the farming life and join her husband in real estate, Mr. Biddle, hen-pecked and dissatisfied with city life, warns David against selling his farm. Meanwhile, Mrs. Biddle has Ruth's sassy younger sister Naomi, whom David adores, placed in an orphanage. When Ruth's beloved grandmother Moreland, who was against David's marriage to Thelma, becomes sick and dies, Ruth and David are drawn together, and he discovers that Mrs. Biddle put Naomi in the orphanage. Attending an orphanage board meeting, David publicly confronts Mrs. Biddle, who is a member of the board, and announces his plans to adopt Naomi himself. Outraged, Thelma hurls her engagement ring at David. Mr. Biddle, amused, declares that from now on he will be master of his house. Ruth, David and Naomi are then reunited, and David vows to stay a harvester.

Film Details

Release Date
May 5, 1936
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Harvester by Gene Stratton-Porter (Garden City, NY, 1911).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 12m
Film Length
8 reels

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Notes

According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter on January 29, 1936, Arthur Lubin had been scheduled to direct this film, although he was later replaced. According to press material in copyright records, a 5,000-word novelette of Gene Stratton-Porter's story appeared in the July 1936 issue of Screen Romances with inserts of scenes from this film. According to a news item in Daily Variety, on May 12, 1948, Windsor Pictures Corp. bought the rights to Porter's novel for a remake, but the film apparently was never made. Porter's novel was the basis of the 1927 R-C Pictures film of the same title directed by Leo Meehan and starring Orville Caldwell and Natalie Kingston (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.2329).