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So Big! (1932)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  30 April 1932 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Mabel, a 'Fancy Woman'
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August Hemple (scenes deleted)
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Lille mor  »

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Bernhard Kaun composed original music for the trailer. See more »

Quotes

Miss Dallas O'Mara: You know, you seem like much too nice a fellow to sit behind a desk, pushing buttons.
Dirk De Jong: I haven't been a high-powered executive for long. I used to be an architect.
Miss Dallas O'Mara: Why did you give it up?
Dirk De Jong: Oh, nothing in it...
Miss Dallas O'Mara: What do you mean, "Nothing in it"?
Dirk De Jong: No money!
Miss Dallas O'Mara: Who cares!... Gee, I'd rather plan the back door of a beautiful building, than sell all the bonds ever engraved.
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Version of So Big (1953) See more »

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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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How you going to keep 'em down on the farm....
13 April 2002 | by (Corrales, NM) – See all my reviews

Showcase for Barbara Stanwyck who gracefully ages from a young woman to a mother in her late 40s. Barbara stands for hard work (on the farm) and the recognition of beauty in life (even cabbages are beautiful). Her understated portrayal shines as one of her best works. Story of her son, (who Barbara said was "So Big" with hands spread wide apart) is that of a privileged offspring who ignores his mother's advice and takes the easy way to money, ignoring the beauty in creativity, and hides his mother's career from society ladies. When he finally meets a good woman (a good Bette Davis) who appreciates someone with "bumps," he reveals his past but it is not bumpy enough to impress her. Instead Bette goes off to Paris and meets with celebrated sculptor George Brent who as a boy had lived with and loved the older Barbara. Interesting portrayal of two contemporary actresses with one playing the part of a woman old enough to be the other's mother and neither obviously updating the other. Good messages, good role models, with Barbara staying down on the farm as a success without having taken the easy road. A quiet gem to inspire depression-era audiences.


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