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The Farmer in the Dell (1936)
(featuring Lucille Ball as Gloria Wilson)
In this homespun comedy, a farm family in Iowa lead a pastoral existence until old Ma decides that they must pull up stakes and head for Hollywood so their daughter can become a movie star.
As it turns out, it is Pa who becomes the movie star, while the domineering stage Ma almost destroys her daughter's love life with her obsession. To protect his kin, Pa takes the family back to their peaceful farm.
Special Notes: Adapted from Phil Stong's 1935 novel, which was similarly titled, Farmer in the Dell. The book had been serialized in the Saturday Evening Post. RKO bought the rights to the novel.