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So Big (1953)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Western | 31 October 1953 (USA)
After the death of her father and the loss of his fortune, Selina takes a job teaching school in the Dutch community of New Holland. She stays with the Pools and teaches young Roelf piano. ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Wise

Writers:

Edna Ferber (novel), John Twist
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Won 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jane Wyman ... Selina DeJong
Sterling Hayden ... Pervis DeJong
Nancy Olson ... Dallas O'Mara
Steve Forrest ... Dirk DeJong
Elisabeth Fraser ... Julie Hempel
Martha Hyer ... Paula Hempel
Walter Coy ... Roelf Pool
Richard Beymer ... Roelf, Age 12-16
Tommy Rettig ... Dirk, Age 8
Roland Winters ... Klaas Pool
Jacques Aubuchon ... August Hempel
Ruth Swanson Ruth Swanson ... Maartje Pool
Dorothy Christy ... Widow Paarlenberg
Oliver Blake ... Adam Ooms
Lillian Kemble-Cooper ... Miss Fister (as Lily Kemble)
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After the death of her father and the loss of his fortune, Selina takes a job teaching school in the Dutch community of New Holland. She stays with the Pools and teaches young Roelf piano. He has a crush on her, but it is Pervus she marries. Dirk is their only child. After a few years Pervus dies. With a young child and only the farm, Selina begins her quest to grow high quality vegetables. She wants more for Dirk and guides his life until he graduates from college as an architect. As her vegetable label prospers, she sees Paula control Dirk's life as he moves away from creating and into sales, which is not where he wants to go. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Drama | Romance | Western

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Tommy Rettig and Jon Provost both portrayed the young Dirk, aged 8 and 2 respectively. They also played Lassie's young master in the TV series - Rettig from 1954 to 1957 and Provost from 1957 to 1964. See more »

Goofs

There is no such thing as a red cabbage growing out of the ground. They are green or purple. The red color is only created when the cabbage is subjected to low pH (acid). See more »

Quotes

Dallas O'Mara: You can't hide splendor, Dirk.
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Version of So Big (1924) See more »

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Engrossing soap opera but superficial...
3 September 2010 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Despite the above cited drawback, this Edna Ferber story of a mother's love with that stifling title, SO BIG, seems aimed at the tear ducts to give JANE WYMAN another chance to show how well she can age from young woman to maturity to old age with a nice array of expressions and changes of hairdo and make-up.

She's really the best thing about SO BIG. It's story is a simple, even trite saga of a woman who wants all the best things for her son, especially since she has to rear him single-handedly once her husband (farmer STERLING HAYDEN) dies. Hayden gives such a persuasive performance that once he's gone, the picture suffers from his untimely death and the remaining scenes never achieve the same intensity of the earlier ones. Brief performances from dependable players like NANCY OLSON, MARTHA HYER and a very young RICHARD BEYMER help sustain interest in the long-winded plot.

There is an appropriately agreeable score by Max Steiner to emphasize the soap suds and the usual dramatics, but this somehow misses the mark as what should have been a superior vehicle of its kind despite having all the trimmings.

STEVE FORREST, as Wyman's "so big" son, has moments when his resemblance to real-life brother Dana Andrews is remarkable. Unfortunately, his role is poorly written without giving him the chance to show much acting range.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1953 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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