The Farmer in the Dell


The Farmer in the Dell (1936)

(featuring Lucille Ball as Gloria Wilson)

Lucille Ball Movies

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.

Movie #30
Film Date: 1936

Release Date: March 27, 1936
Film Type: comedy
Film Color: black/white
Studio: RKO-Radio
Film Length: 67 minutes

Ben Holmes (Director)
Robert Sisk (Producer)

Character Role:
Lucille Ball (Gloria Wilson)

Supporting Cast:
Fred Stone (Pa Boyer)
Jean Parker (Adie Boyer)
Esther Dale (Ma Boyer)
Moroni Olsen (Chester Hart)
Frank Albertson (Davy Davenport)
Maxine Jennings (Maud Durant)
Ray Mayer (Spike)
Frank Jenks (Crosby)
Spencer Charters (Milkman)
Rafael Storm (Nicky Ranovitch)
Tony Martin
John Beck