Henry Jaynes Fonda

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At this time, the film version of ''The Farmer Takes A Wife'' was being shown across the country, and it was apparently for this that Henry Fonda won Screen Actor's Guild award in August 1935 for "the best film performance that month" (see [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/PdfViewerTags.aspx?img=14966753&firstvisit=true&src=search&currentResult=29 here]).  Mentioning this movie, which was playing across the country from at least July through November, a newspaper article dated 2 Nov 1935 describes Fonda in this fashion: "Over six feet in height with wavy black hair and commanding blue eyes, Fonda embodies all the charming contradictions of which a man is capable.  He is shy, yet magnetic and compelling; he is tender with a feeling of sternness underneath; he can be, at one and the same time, a woman's ideal of a lover and a man's ideal of a friend "([http://www.newspaperarchive.com/PdfViewerTags.aspx?img=2581100&firstvisit=true&src=search&currentResult=12 see here]).
 
At this time, the film version of ''The Farmer Takes A Wife'' was being shown across the country, and it was apparently for this that Henry Fonda won Screen Actor's Guild award in August 1935 for "the best film performance that month" (see [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/PdfViewerTags.aspx?img=14966753&firstvisit=true&src=search&currentResult=29 here]).  Mentioning this movie, which was playing across the country from at least July through November, a newspaper article dated 2 Nov 1935 describes Fonda in this fashion: "Over six feet in height with wavy black hair and commanding blue eyes, Fonda embodies all the charming contradictions of which a man is capable.  He is shy, yet magnetic and compelling; he is tender with a feeling of sternness underneath; he can be, at one and the same time, a woman's ideal of a lover and a man's ideal of a friend "([http://www.newspaperarchive.com/PdfViewerTags.aspx?img=2581100&firstvisit=true&src=search&currentResult=12 see here]).
  
In Jul 1935, the ''New York Times'' is reporting that Henry Fonda is under contact with "Walter Wanger, Paramount producer" and working at the Fox studios in a new version of ''Way Down East''.  That August, "Two hours late on the ''Way Down East'' set, Henry Fonda amazed everybody by confessing he had airplaned it to Omaha to visit his father who is critically ill" ([http://www.newspaperarchive.com/PdfViewerTags.aspx?img=103042491&firstvisit=true&src=search&currentResult=3 see here]) ''Way Down East'' appears to have opened in Oct 1935 starring Henry Fonda opposite Rochelle Hudson (see [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/PdfViewerTags.aspx?img=6815107&firstvisit=true&src=search&currentResult=4 here]).  Among others, this film included, in a supporting role, the character actress [[Margaret Hamilton]], best known today as the Wicked Witch of the East in the ''[[Wizard of Oz]]''.  Fonda was by then already working on his next film portraying "Dave Tolliver" in ''The Trail of the Lonesome Pine'' starring Sylvia Sidney and Fred MacMurray, but the film didn't open until Feb 1936.
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In Jul 1935, the ''New York Times'' is reporting that Henry Fonda is under contact with "Walter Wanger, Paramount producer" and working at the Fox studios in a new version of ''Way Down East''.  That August, "Two hours late on the ''Way Down East'' set, Henry Fonda amazed everybody by confessing he had airplaned it to Omaha to visit his father who is critically ill" ([http://www.newspaperarchive.com/PdfViewerTags.aspx?img=103042491&firstvisit=true&src=search&currentResult=3 see here]) ''Way Down East'' appears to have opened in Oct 1935 starring Henry Fonda opposite Rochelle Hudson (see [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/PdfViewerTags.aspx?img=6815107&firstvisit=true&src=search&currentResult=4 here]).  Among others, this film included, in a supporting role, the character actress [[Margaret Hamilton]], best known today as the Wicked Witch of the West in the ''[[Wizard of Oz]]''.  Fonda was by then already working on his next film portraying "Dave Tolliver" in ''The Trail of the Lonesome Pine'' starring Sylvia Sidney and Fred MacMurray, but the film didn't open until Feb 1936.
  
 
<table><tr><td>Ron Oliver at the [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0028401/ IMDb entry for this movie] gives the synopsis: "In the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia...a young woman discovers love, but no respite from the violent feud which has torn apart two families.
 
<table><tr><td>Ron Oliver at the [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0028401/ IMDb entry for this movie] gives the synopsis: "In the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia...a young woman discovers love, but no respite from the violent feud which has torn apart two families.

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