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So Big! (1932)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 30 April 1932 (USA)
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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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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Bernhard Kaun composed original music for the trailer. See more »

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Reverend Dekker: The collection this Sabbath morning, is for our foreign missions among the ignorant heathen in China.
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Version of So Big (1953) See more »

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A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
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Text by Martin Luther, Translated by Frederick H. Hedge
Played and sung in church
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So big--too short
22 May 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Barbara Stanwyck is a young woman who becomes a teacher in a farming community. She gets married, has a son and tries to teach him the true value of life--which is beauty and nature. But he's more interested in money and position. Can she make him see her way?

Very well-done with another great Stanwyck performance and a young Dick Winslow giving a fine performance as Roelf...also a very young Bette Davis shines as a young artist. Very lavishly done...but the film is seriously lacking. The film is very short (80 minutes) and the story seems extremely rushed and lacks focus. I've never read the book but I know it runs over 300-400 pages--there's no way that can be condensed to 80 minutes. So I do recommend the film (I'm giving it an 8) because it is very well-done and the entire cast is great. If only it weren't so short!

Also it's a shame that you have two wonderful actresses (Davis and Stanwyck) in the same movie and they don't even share a scene together!


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