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The Big Trees (1952)

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A Quaker colony tries to save the giant sequoias from a timber baron.


(as Felix Feist)


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Complete credited cast:
Jim Fallon
Eve Miller ...
Alicia Chadwick
Patrice Wymore ...
Daisy Fisher / Dora Figg
Walter 'Yukon' Burns
John Archer ...
Frenchy LeCroix
Judge Crenshaw
Charles Meredith ...
Elder Bixby
Harry Cording ...
Cleve Gregg
Sister Blackburn


In 1900, unscrupulous timber baron Jim Fallon plans to take advantage of a new law and make millions off California redwood. Much of the land he hopes to grab has been homesteaded by a Quaker colony, who try to persuade him to spare the giant sequoias...but these are the very trees he wants most. Expert at manipulating others, Fallon finds that other sharks are at his own heels, and forms an unlikely alliance. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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quaker | california | timber | lumber | sequoia | See more »


Action | Western


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15 August 1952 (Finland)  »

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The Big Trees  »

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(RCA Sound System)



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1.37 : 1
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The reading that Fallon does at the dinner is from Psalms 41, verse 1. See more »


In the beginning of the film, Jim Fallon appears in the window opening the divided curtain with both hands. Then the curtain on his right-hand side remains open while he holds the other part with his left hand. In the following shot from inside, the part on his right-hand side is closed. See more »


Alicia Chadwick: Men have been known to change.
Walter 'Yukon' Burns: Oh, lady, even I have been given up by women reformers! The biggest mistake a woman can make is to pick the wrong man and try to make him right.
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Remake of The Valley of the Giants (1927) See more »


It's Tulip Time in Hollywood
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Dave Radford
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Had The Ingredients To Be A Better Movie
17 January 2006 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

While certainly watchable, "The Big Trees" had the makings of what could have been a better, perhaps much better, movie. With Kirk Douglas in the lead role, a supporting cast of solid character actors, settings that lend themselves to visually appealing scenery, and a story that raises worthwhile environmental and ethical issues, it could have been quite good.

As a predatory but charismatic lumberman, Douglas has a role that allows him to use some of his best strengths as an actor, and the scenario provides him with two main characters to play off of, with Edgar Buchanan as a loyal but incorruptibly honest associate, and Eve Miller as an idealist determined to save the redwood forest that Douglas's character plans to exploit. Buchanan is especially believable in his role.

The story and script, though, don't give Douglas or the others a lot to work with. The story never tackles the most important issues head-on, nor does it explore the most significant of the possible tensions in the characters' relationships with one another. The important environmental questions and other such topics are dealt with only on a surface level, and aside from Douglas's own character, who changes rather abruptly and unconvincingly, there is little character development. The religious angle was certainly well-intentioned, but it never seems to fit in comfortably with the other story elements.

It's still all right for lighter entertainment, and there are some good scenes. Then too, when Douglas gets the chance, he can be quite interesting to watch in this kind of role. As long as you don't expect too much, it might be worth seeing, but it missed quite a few opportunities to be a much more substantial movie.

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