Harvester (1927)

Run Time - 66 min.  |  
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This first film version of the evergreen Gene Stratton-Porter novel The Harvester concerns a wealthy, domineering farm mother and her marriage-age daughter. The title character, a well-to-do herb farmer, is in love with the girl, so the mother pulls several strings to arrange a marriage. Once the knot has been tied, the girl coldly informs her husband that she married him only to pay off her debts, and that she intends to leave him for her true love, a doctor. But the doc is a "good guy," and he spurns the girl, virtually ordering her to return to her husband and be a good and dutiful wife. Reluctantly she does so, and by film's end she has learned to love the "harvester." The film was remade in 1936, with Russell Hardie as the title character.



daughter, doctor/nurse, domination [influence], farming, husband, marriage-arranged, mother