Make plans to be at the Erie Canal Museum at 7 p.m. August 29 for The Farmer Takes a Wife (one hour, 31 minutes), a classic film whose sets feature the 19th century canals of New York State. It’s free and open to the public, and free parking is available in the lot across from the Museum under routes 81 and 690.
This 1935 romantic comedy, loosely based on Walter Edmonds’ novel Rome Haul, stars Janet Gaynor as canal boat cook Molly Larkins. who falls for boatman Dan Harrow, played by Henry Fonda in his first film role. Fonda’s character gets a job on the Canal to raise funds to start a farm. Larkins is proud of her job and also works on the same vessel as her mean-spirited boyfriend Jotham Klore, played by Charles Bickford. A series of unfortunate events forces Harrow to work to win back the hand of Larkins. The film also stars Margaret Hamilton, the “wicked witch” of The Wizard of Oz; Jane Withers, and Andy Devine. The Farmer Takes a Wife was directed by Victor Fleming and remade in 1953.
Enjoy this classic movie on the big-screen TV in the first-floor gallery of the Museum’s Weighlock Building. It is the culmination of our Wednesdays at the Weighlock summer happy hour series, which features live music, a cash bar with beer, wine, cider, and juice boxes; children’s activities, and more. We’re thrilled to invite you to join us for Wednesdays at the Weighlock and The Farmer Takes a Wife, and look forward to seeing you on August 29!