It’s Oscar night! Here’s a little film trivia — Do you know which film won for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the Oscars in 1948?
Seventy years ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held the 20th Academy Awards. That year, “The Farmer’s Daughter” (1947) was nominated in several categories. Loretta Young won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role; and Charles Bickford was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (the Oscar went to Edmund Gwenn for his role as Kris Kringle in “Miracle on 34th Street“). The movie is about a young women who leaves the family farm to pursue a nursing degree. She is diverted along the way and becomes a maid for a powerful political family. She makes a splash at a campaign event and ends up running for office herself.
At left is the front cover of “Minesota no musume” (literally, “The Daughter of Minnesota”), the Japanese translation of the script of “The Farmer’s Daughter.” It was published in Japan in 1948 by Kokusai Shuppansha. [Prange Call No. PN-0227].
The first image below shows the production cast with side-by-side English and Japanese text of the script. The next image shows the scene where Katrin, played by Loretta Young, challenges the record of the candidate. And the last two images show the end notes, which feature Japanese translations of English slang and colloquialisms.
This book has been digitized and is available onsite in the Prange Collection and onsite at the National Diet Library of Japan (NDL) through NDL’s Digital Collection.
The movie was featured in several other magazines held in the Prange Collection. Below are some examples.