Our Daily Bread (1934 film)
Our Daily Bread is a 1934 American drama film directed by King Vidor and starring Karen Morley, Tom Keene, and John Qualen. The movie is a sequel to Vidor's silent classic The Crowd (1928), using the same characters although with different actors. Vidor tried to interest Irving Thalberg of MGM in the project; but Thalberg, who had greenlighted the earlier film, rejected the idea. Vidor then produced the film himself and released it through United Artists.
|Our Daily Bread|
DVD cover for the film
|Directed by||King Vidor|
|Produced by||King Vidor|
|Written by||King Vidor (story)|
Elizabeth Hill (scenario)
Joseph L. Mankiewicz (dialogue)
|Music by||Alfred Newman|
|Cinematography||Robert H. Planck|
|Edited by||Lloyd Nosler|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
The film is also known as Hell's Crossroads, an American reissue title.
A couple, down on their luck during the Great Depression, move to a farm to try to make a go of living off the land. They have no idea what to do at first, but soon find other downtrodden people to help them. Soon they have a collective of people, some from the big city, who work together on a farm. A severe drought is killing the crops. The people then dig a ditch by hand, almost two miles long, to divert water from a creek to irrigate the crops.
- Karen Morley as Mary Sims
- Tom Keene as John Sims
- Barbara Pepper as Sally
- Addison Richards as Louie Fuente
- John Qualen as Chris Larsen
- Lloyd Ingraham as Uncle Anthony
- Sidney Bracey as Rent Collector
- Henry Hall as Frank
- Nellie V. Nichols as Mrs. Cohen
- Frank Minor as Plumber
- Bud Rae as Stonemason
- Harry Brown as Little Man
- Mike Barnes (December 16, 2015). "'Ghostbusters,' 'Top Gun,' 'Shawshank' Enter National Film Registry". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
- Churchill, Douglas W. The Year in Hollywood: 1934 May Be Remembered as the Beginning of the Sweetness-and-Light Era; The New York Times December 30, 1934: X5. Retrieved December 16, 2013. (subscription required)
- Our Daily Bread (1934)  Turner Classic Movies
- Sennwald, Andre  The New York Times Oct. 3, 1934
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