Review: ‘Our Daily Bread’

King Vidor, who has the nerve to do unusual things, has here brought to the screen a story which deals with a throng of unemployed who take up squatter rights on an abandoned farm and turn it into a thriving communal collective project. On the way they have various difficulties chiefly from that ghoulish visitor of farmlands, the drought.

King Vidor, who has the nerve to do unusual things, has here brought to the screen a story which deals with a throng of unemployed who take up squatter rights on an abandoned farm and turn it into a thriving communal collective project. On the way they have various difficulties chiefly from that ghoulish visitor of farmlands, the drought.

When the drought has just about withered the corn, and the young leader (Tom Keene) of the collectives is nuts over a blonde strumpet (Barbara Pepper), the colony is aroused from the abyss of despondency for one last effort.

It’s a glorification of human will power driving man beyond ordinary feats of endurance. Primitive, forceful, real and moving.

Our Daily Bread

Production

Viking/United Artists. Director King Vidor; Producer King Vidor; Screenplay King Vidor, Elizabeth Hill Vidor; Camera Robert Planck; Editor Lloyd Nossler; Music Alfred Newman

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1934. Running time: 74 MIN.

With

Karen Morley Tom Keene John Qualen Barbara Pepper
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