Harvest (1937 film)

Harvest (French: Regain) is a 1937 French drama film directed by Marcel Pagnol, starring Fernandel, Orane Demazis, Marguerite Moreno and Gabriel Gabrio. The narrative revolves a farming village where only three inhabitants remain, but they are told that if only one of them, Panturle, manages to find a wife, the village will be able to prosper again. The film is based on the 1930 novel Second Harvest by Jean Giono. It was released in France on 28 October 1937 and in the United States on 2 October 1939.

Theatrical release poster
Directed byMarcel Pagnol
Produced byMarcel Pagnol
Screenplay byMarcel Pagnol
Based onSecond Harvest by Jean Giono
Orane Demazis
Marguerite Moreno
Gabriel Gabrio
Music byArthur Honegger
CinematographyWilly Faktorovitch
Roger Ledru
Pierre Arnaudy
Henri Darriès
Edited bySuzanne de Troye
Les Films Marcel Pagnol
Distributed byCompagnie méditerranéenne de films
Release date
  • 29 October 1937 (1937-10-29)
Running time
150 minutes



Frank Nugent of The New York Times described Harvest as "a film of utter serenity and great goodness, so reverently played and so compassionately directed that it is far less an entertainment work than it is a testament to the dignity of man and to his consonance with the spinning of the spheres. Such faults as it possesses are mechanical; uneven editing, particularly in the early scenes; skimping of a few sequences that might have received more attention; attenuation of others that could have been cut. The flaws are obvious enough, yet they should not count too seriously aaginst the work as a whole and still less seriously when one appreciates that the editing was on this side of the water (for space and time requirements) and cannot properly be held against Marcel Pagnol, its director, producer and adapter."[1]

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