Hitchcock was worried that the stage roots of The Farmer's Wife (a hugely popular play by Eden Philpotts) might show through in his film adaptation. It was a needless worry. This semi-comic story of a widowed farmer's attempts to find himself a new wife is shot, as François Truffaut observed, 'like a thriller'. The camera, on occasion handled by Hitch himself, observes the action cinematically, not from the perspective of a stage audience. Each prospective wife – the horsy one, the hysterical one, the highspirited one – is presented as a comic stereotype. Rejected by each, the farmer ultimately discovers what, or rather who, has been literally staring him – and the audience – in the face all the time: his young, attractive and devoted housekeeper.