Family life -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Drama, Wheat -- Harvesting -- Drama

City Girl

(Our Daily Bread)

  • Portrait of Bruce Loeb
    On Piano

Charles Farrell, Mary Duncan, David Torrence, Edith Yorke,

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F. W. Murnau’s next-to-last film, produced under the title Our Daily Bread, was cut and reshot as a part-talkie for its 1930 release. Until the late 1960s, it was considered a lost film, but when it was found, film scholars were amazed to discover not a mutilated version but Murnau’s complete silent version. The ambitious filmmaker actually bought an Oregon farm on which to film this story of a wheat grower’s son (Charles Farrell) who meets a city waitress (Mary Duncan) and brings her back to the farm, only to have her abused by his father. As in Sunrise, Murnau’s pièce de résistance is his depiction of the city through the eyes of the innocent farm boy and his slightly more sophisticated wife. On the film’s rediscovery, the British Film Institute’s John Gillett wrote, “It reveals new facets of Murnau’s magisterial style.”

  • Berthold Viertel
  • Marion Orth
Based On
  • a play by Elliot Lester

  • Silent
  • with English intertitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • Silent
  • 90 mins
  • 20th Century Fox/Criterion

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City girl (article), Village Voice, Tom Allen, 1985

City girl (Our daily bread) (program note), Los Angeles International Film Exposition, Eileen Bowser, 1978

City girl (program note), Toronto Film Society, Natalie Edwards, 1975

City girl (program note), Theodore Huff Memorial Film Society, William K. Everson, 1970

Films saved: six from Twentieth Century-Fox: City girl (program note), The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Eileen Bowser, 1970

City girl (program note), Theodore Huff Memorial Film Society, William K. Everson, 1970

An index to the films of F.W. Murnau (filmography), Sight and Sound, Theodore Huff, 1948

City girl (program note)

City girl (program note), San Francisco International Film Festival

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