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So Big! (1932)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 30 April 1932 (USA)
Following the death of Selena's father, she's offered a job as a teacher in a small town and a new chapter of her life begins.

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Mabel, a 'Fancy Woman'
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Selina lived well until her father Simeon died. Her aunts sold the estate and put her in a boarding school. As an adult she wants to be a teacher in farming country. She falls in love with and marries Pervus, a Dutch farmer she has been tutoring. When he dies her hopes lie with their son Dirk, who disappoints her by giving up architecture for stock brokerage. Her new hope is Roelfe, the son of her former boardinghouse keeper and a sculptor. Dirk falls in love with Dallas O'Mara, whom Selina hopes will be the inspiration for her son's salvation. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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30 April 1932 (USA)  »

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$228,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Remade with Jane Wyman as Selina Peake. See more »

Quotes

Dirk De Jong: Must a man be an artist to interst you?
Miss Dallas O'Mara: Good Lord, no! I'll probably marry some horny-handed son of toil, and if I do, the horny hands'll win me. I like them with their scars on them. There's something about a man who has fought for it: the look in his eye, the feel of his hands. You haven't a mark on you, Dirk, not a mark. You gave up being an architect because it was an uphill, disheartening job at the time. I don't say you should have kept on. For all I know, you were a terrible architect. ...
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Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Built For Two)
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Music by Harry Dacre (1892)
Played as background in the opening scene
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So Big! So Wonderful!
18 August 2002 | by (Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

"So Big!" has been filmed three times, once before this version (a lost film from the original flapper Colleen Moore) and once after. But this is the treatment that rings true; this is the "So Big!" that really is so big.

Barbara Stanwyck successfully ages from schoolgirl to aged mother in this film. The story is beautiful (based on Edna Farber's novel) and the acting is superb. You can't help but cry at the end! Don't miss an early screen appearance from Bette Davis!

"So Big!" is shown on Turner Classic Movies at times, but make sure it's the Stanwyck version and not the Jane Wyman re-remake. It's worth the effort.


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