Golden Harvest (1933)

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Golden Harvest (1933)

Eben Martin spends his lifetime accumulating wheat farms in hopes that his sons Chris and Walt will take over the family business and work the land. Chris is more interested in finance, however, and leaves the farm and his fiance Ellen. He moves to Chicago and uses his cunning and knowledge of wheat to make his fortune at the Board of Trade in the "wheat pit." Chris becomes highly influential with the help of wealthy Henry Flint, and courts Henry's society-bored daughter Cynthia. Back at the farm, Ellen and Walt marry, have children and struggle to maintain the farm and pay the family debts. Walt becomes active in unionizing farmers across the nation. Chris visits the farm with Cynthia to attend the wedding of the Martin's beloved hired hands, Loopey Lou and Lydia. Although Chris is embarrassed by his humble family, Cynthia is touched by their genuine warmth and later accepts his marriage proposal. With the arrival of winter, the poverty-stricken farmers suffer greatly, as banks foreclose on properties such as Loopey Lou's. Walt travels to Chicago, just missing Chris's wedding, but the brothers form an agreement to help each other, in which Walt will call the farmers to strike, and Chris will help raise the wheat prices. The strike is somewhat successful and Walt urges the farmers to remain steadfast. The planting season proves too tempting, though, and the farmers break the strike before getting a good price for the wheat. Despite intense pressure and the threat of losing everything, Chris buys up wheat, maintaining his position until he is insolvent. His spirits remain high with the help of his loving wife, whose father makes Chris a partner in his company. In Washington D.C., Walt influences the government to raise farm prices, and the Martin brothers are hailed as national heroes.
USA
IMDb   7.2 /10
Creators
Director Ralph Murphy
Writer Nina Wilcox Putnam
Writer Casey Robinson
Information
Release Date1933-09-21
Runtime1h 12min
GenreDrama
Content Rating
Awards
CompanyParamount Pictures
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish
Richard Arlen
Richard Arlen
Walt Martinas Walt Martin
Chester Morris
Chester Morris
Chris Martinas Chris Martin
Cynthia Flintas Cynthia Flint
Roscoe Ates
Roscoe Ates
Louis Jenkins aka Loopey Louas Louis Jenkins aka Loopey Lou
Julie Haydon
Julie Haydon
Ellen Goodhueas Ellen Goodhue
Elizabeth Patterson
Elizabeth Patterson
Lydiaas Lydia
Berton Churchill
Berton Churchill
Eben Martinas Eben Martin
Hugh Jacksonas Hugh Jackson
Henry Kolker
Henry Kolker
Henry Flintas Henry Flint
Richard Carle
Richard Carle
Doctor Hoytas Doctor Hoyt
Jason Bowersas Jason Bowers
Frederick Burton
Frederick Burton
Judge Goodhueas Judge Goodhue
Jessie Arnold
Jessie Arnold
Mrs. Bowersas Mrs. Bowers
Irving Bacon
Irving Bacon
Rev. Dr. Simmonsas Rev. Dr. Simmons
Harry Bowen
Harry Bowen
Wheat Farmeras Wheat Farmer
Walter Brennan
Walter Brennan
Farmhand at Weddingas Farmhand at Wedding
Edmund Burns
Edmund Burns
Minor Roleas Minor Role
Alphonse Ethier
Alphonse Ethier
Wheat Farmeras Wheat Farmer

Golden Harvest (film)

Golden Harvest is a 1933 American Pre-Code drama film directed by Ralph Murphy and written by Nina Wilcox Putnam and Casey Robinson. The film stars Richard Arlen, Chester Morris, Genevieve Tobin, Roscoe Ates, Julie Haydon, Elizabeth Patterson and Berton Churchill. The film was released on September 22, 1933, by Paramount Pictures.


Plot

An ambitious grain trader Chris Martin (Chester Morris), who through fair and foul means corners the wheat market and becomes a millionaire. Outgrowing his humble farm beginnings, Chris makes a bid for respectability by marrying Chicago socialite Cynthia Flint (Genevieve Tobin). Meanwhile, Chris's ex-sweetheart Ellen (Julie Haydon) marries his down-to-earth brother Walt (Richard Arlen), who has chosen to remain on the family farm. Inevitably, the two brothers find themselves on opposite sides when Chris's greed overtakes his common sense.


Cast

  • Richard Arlen as Walt Martin
  • Chester Morris as Chris Martin
  • Genevieve Tobin as Cynthia Flint
  • Roscoe Ates as Louis Jenkins
  • Julie Haydon as Ellen Goodhue
  • Elizabeth Patterson as Lydia
  • Berton Churchill as Eben Martin
  • Lawrence Gray as Hugh Jackson
  • Henry Kolker as Henry Flint
  • Richard Carle as Doctor Hoyt
  • Charles Sellon as Jason Bowers
  • Frederick Burton as Judge Goodhue