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It's a Big Country: An American Anthology (1951)

The story, told in eight episodes, covers different facets of the American Spirit, from racial and religious tolerance to the dangers of self-centeredness and myopic reasoning. The parables... See full summary »

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Mrs. Brian Patrick Riordan
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Sgt. Maxie Klein
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Texas
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Miss Coleman (as Nancy Davis)
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Rev. Adam Burch
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Icarus Xenophon
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Rosa Szabo Xenophon
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Mrs. Wrenley
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Joe Esposito
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Mr. Callaghan
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Professor
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Stefan Szabo
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Church sexton
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Mr. Stacey
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Michael Fisher
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The story, told in eight episodes, covers different facets of the American Spirit, from racial and religious tolerance to the dangers of self-centeredness and myopic reasoning. The parables represent a broad cross-section of the American experience: the elderly woman whose pride is injured when she's forgotten in the latest census; the novice minister more pleased with the sound of his own voice than with the needs of his congregation; the mother who confronts the illogic of racial intolerance when she meets the best friend of the son she lost to war; and the enigma that is Texas. Episode titles are: 1) Interruptions, Interruptions; 2) Census Taker; 3) Negro Story; 4) Rosika, the Rose; 5) Letter from Korea; 6) Lone Star; (7) Minister in Washington; 8) Four Eyes; a further episode, titled Load, directed by Anthony Mann, with 'Jean Hersholt' (q.v.) and 'Ann Harding' (q.v.), was filmed but deleted. Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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20 November 1951 (USA)  »

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When the census taker asks Ethel Barrymore her name, she replies "Mrs. Brian Patrick Riordan" and he writes it down. Always with censuses, a woman's given name is entered. See more »

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Featured in The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Story (1951) See more »

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God Bless America
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Written by Irving Berlin
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This is a Wonderful Accounting of America's Greatness
4 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Anyone who aspires to those things which have made America the greatest nation the world has known should own this film and watch it often.

A who's who of Hollywood in the period 1930 thru 1951, this wonderful telling of America's greatness shows a time when the liberal media was in check and Americans were taught to be PROUD of what we have built. A far cry from the liberal propaganda that is spewed on your 6pm "news" today.

Watch the opening interaction between Spencer Tracy and William Powell. If Powell's oratory does not move you to want to see the rest of this outstanding piece of American film history, you might as well book a one-way ticket to another country. Maybe you'd be happier there.

A wonderful film of America, for Americans. Easily 10 of 10.


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