Wild Harvest

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Wild Harvest
Directed by Tay Garnett
Produced by Robert Fellows
Screenplay by John Monks, Jr.
Story by Houston Branch
Starring Alan Ladd
Dorothy Lamour
Robert Preston
Lloyd Nolan
Music by Hugo Friedhofer
Cinematography John F. Seitz
Edited by Billy Shea
George Tomasini
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
September 26, 1947
Running time
92 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Wild Harvest is a 1947 film directed by Tay Garnett. It stars Alan Ladd and Dorothy Lamour.[1]


Joe Madigan's crew harvests wheat for farmers. Jim Davis, a good mechanic who irresponsibly drinks and gambles too much, is fired by his friend, but atones with a heroic act during a fire.

Alperson's rival crew is getting jobs by under-bidding Joe's. A farmer's flirtatious niece, Fay Rankin, finds a field for Joe's workers and then unsuccessfully tries to seduce him. She wants to come along and sets her sights on Jim instead, marrying him.

Fay's interference becomes a problem. Joe ends up owing money and Alperson tries to buy his combines. Fay makes another play for Joe, who calls her "cheap" and "poisonous." Jim catches her slapping Joe, which leads to a fight between the men.

Joe's loyal crew member King catches thievery of wheat by Jim and reports it. Joe, almost broke, is saved again by a penitent Jim, who sells Fay's car, enraging her. Fay finally reveals to Jim that she never loved him at all and that their marriage was a "joke." Joe and Jim team up on a new 3,000-acre job, making them prosperous at last.



The film was based on an original screen story called The Big Haircut by Houston Branch bought by Paramount in 1946. A.I. Bezzerides was hired to work on the script.[2]


  1. ^ http://allmovie.com/work/wild-harvest-117037
  2. ^ PARAMOUNT BUYS HARVESTING STORY: Studio Will Produce Houston Branch's 'The Big Haircut' --Lead to Alan Ladd Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 11 May 1946: 34.

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