The Good Earth

The Good Earth (1937)

China… Land of unrest… Tomorrow they may starve!

  • Genre: Drama, History, Romance
  • Release Date: 1937-06-02
  • User Rating: 6.38/10 from 54 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 19min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Sidney Franklin
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China, during the rule of the Qing Dynasty. The arranged marriage between Wang Lung, a humble farmer, and O-Lan, a domestic slave, will endure the many hardships of life over the years; but the temptations of a fragile prosperity will endanger their love and the survival of their entire family.

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  • Paul Muni

    as Wang
  • Luise Rainer

    as O-Lan
  • Walter Connolly

    as Uncle
  • Tilly Losch

    as Lotus
  • Charley Grapewin

    as Old Father
  • Jessie Ralph

    as Cuckoo
  • Soo Yong

    as Aunt
  • Keye Luke

    as Elder Son
  • Roland Lui

    as Younger Son
  • Suzanna Kim

    as Little Fool
  • Ching Wah Lee

    as Ching
  • Harold Huber

    as Cousin
  • Olaf Hytten

    as Liu - Grain Merchant
  • William Law

    as Gateman
  • Mary Wong

    as Little Bride
  • Philip Ahn

    as Captain (uncredited)
  • Victor Sen Yung

Camera Karl Freund Director of Photography
Crew Irving Thalberg In Memory Of
Editing Basil Wrangell Editor
Art Cedric Gibbons Art Direction
Writing Claudine West Screenplay
Visual Effects A. Arnold Gillespie Visual Effects
Production Albert Lewin Associate Producer
Costume & Make-Up Dolly Tree Wardrobe Supervisor
Directing Sidney Franklin Director
Writing Talbot Jennings Screenplay
Sound Herbert Stothart Original Music Composer
Writing Donald Davis Theatre Play
Writing Tess Slesinger Screenplay
Writing Pearl S. Buck Novel
Art Harry Oliver Art Direction
Writing Owen Davis Theatre Play