Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Imagine the dismay of those hapless TV station managers who've booked the 1940 Martha Raye vehicle The Farmer's Daughter in the belief that they've actually gotten hold of the same-named 1947 Loretta Young picture. Hardly in the same league as its namesake, the 1940 film casts Raye as Patience Bingham, a starstruck rural gal who hopes to land a part in a musical show being staged in a reconverted barn. The show is being financed by millionaire Nicksie North (Charlie Ruggles) as a vehicle for his untalented girl friend Clarice Sheldon (Gertrude Michael). That's right, folks: Clarice walks off the show on opening night, forcing her understudy-who else but Patience?--to appear in her stead. As a bonus, Patience lands leading man Dennis Crane (Richard Denning) as a husband, to the surprise of no one but Dennis.
stage, actor, behind-the-scenes, boyfriend, conversion, daughter, disease, farmer's-daughter, farming, loot, millionaire, opening-night, performer, producer [showbiz], show, show-business, Summer, understudy