F. W. Murnau shot City Girl (originally titled Our Daily Bread) in Athena, Oregon in 1928. The advent of sound, and resulting differences of artistic opinion with his producer, William Fox, delayed City Girl’s release until 1930.
Here’s a wonderful discussion of City Girl as a transitional part talkie at Bright Lights.
Charles Farrell, the lead, was an enormous star. Mary Duncan, his leading lady, had a brief career. This is her only surviving film.
City Girl is the first film Murnau shot on location. It takes place in the same Oregon landscape which would inspire Gus Van Sant so many years later.
Still from Van Sant’s City Boy, a 1991 sequel to Murnau’s City Girl. Better known as My Own Private Idaho.