MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 10,790 this week

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

5.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.9/10 from 328 users  
Reviews: 9 user | 3 critic

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 »

Writers:

(story), (screenplay), 11 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 31 titles
created 20 Jul 2011
 
a list of 33 titles
created 17 Aug 2012
 
a list of 44 titles
created 05 Nov 2013
 
list image
a list of 42 titles
created 8 months ago
 
list image
a list of 42 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

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

It's a Big Country: An American Anthology (1951) on IMDb 5.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of It's a Big Country: An American Anthology.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An American businessman's family convinces him to buy a Scottish castle and disassemble it to ship it to America brick by brick, where it will be put it back together. The castle though is ... See full summary »

Director: René Clair
Stars: Robert Donat, Jean Parker, Eugene Pallette
Silver Skates (1943)
Musical | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Claire (Patricia Morison), owner of an ice-show, faces bankruptcy because Belita (Belita), star of the show, is about to leave and marry her sweetheart Tom (Henry Wadsworth). Danny (Kenny ... See full summary »

Director: Leslie Goodwins
Stars: Kenny Baker, Belita, Patricia Morison
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Biography of celebrated American jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Director: John Sturges
Stars: Louis Calhern, Ann Harding, Eduard Franz
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Faucett has obtained the deed to Banning's mine. Thinking the mine is worthless he sells it to Bob McVey. But when he learns the mine contains Tungsten, he sets out to get it back.

Director: David Howard
Stars: George O'Brien, Laraine Day, Ray Whitley
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A wealthy, proper society girl finds that she's much more popular with men when she pretends to be a "bad" girl.

Director: Edward H. Griffith
Stars: Constance Bennett, Ben Lyon, David Manners
Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  
Directors: Lynn Shores, Leslie Pearce
Stars: Rod La Rocque, Rita La Roy, Charles Byer
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An heiress seems to be cursed as each of her intended grooms meets with a horrible end.

Director: Lewis Seiler
Stars: Wayne Morris, Brenda Marshall, Alexis Smith
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Irene Dunne is married to Ralph Bellamy. Their union is comfortable but all that changes when Bellamy's old flame Constance Cummings comes back to town. Will the the thrill of loves past disrupt their happy home?

Director: John Cromwell
Stars: Irene Dunne, Constance Cummings, Ralph Bellamy
The Arizonian (1935)
Adventure | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In a film where the leading character is a composite of several American-frontier lawmen (mostly Wyatt Earp,) Clay Tallant comes to Silver City, Arizona in the 1880s and encounters ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Vidor
Stars: Richard Dix, Margot Grahame, Preston Foster
Red Morning (1934)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A captain's daughter is marooned on an island after the ship is taken over by a mutinous crew.

Director: Wallace Fox
Stars: Steffi Duna, Regis Toomey, Raymond Hatton
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Director: George B. Seitz
Stars: Laraine Day, Barry Nelson, Stuart Crawford
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: George Archainbaud
Stars: Richard Dix, Mary Lawlor, James Neill
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Mrs. Brian Patrick Riordan
Keefe Brasselle ...
Sgt. Maxie Klein
...
...
Miss Coleman (as Nancy Davis)
...
Rev. Adam Burch
...
Icarus Xenophon
...
Rosa Szabo Xenophon
Marjorie Main ...
Mrs. Wrenley
...
Joe Esposito
...
Mr. Callaghan
...
Professor
...
Stefan Szabo
...
Church sexton
...
Mr. Stacey
...
Michael Fisher
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A World of Entertainment From M-G-M!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

20 November 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

It's a Big Country  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

God Bless America
(uncredited)
Written by Irving Berlin
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A cute little rarity
16 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Collection of stories to show the melting pot aspect of the USA. The film is blessed with an array of talent that only could be pulled together in Hollywood at its peak.

Episodic by nature and all the vignettes have their charm but the first three are really the best.

William Powell and James Whitmore breeze their way through a lively discussion of the ever evolving nature of the country. Their reactions to each other are what makes the skit.

Next up is a little story about not being lost in the crowd made charming by Ethel Barrymore's gentle performance.

The next segment is a tribute to notable African Americans which is nice in and of itself but that's also why it's a bit problematic. Considering the time it was made the isolated state of the short would have made it easy to snip out in the South. Of course the same could be said for any of the stories but since their are not people of color in any of the other segments it's rather obvious that was the intention at the time. Still it's a nice opportunity to see the significant Americans it spotlights.

The other sections all showing various slices of life, aside from Gary Cooper's star bit simply representing Texas, are pleasant but are on the sticky side of sweet.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Texas Oil Wells? dannieboy20906

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?