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The Big Trees (1952)

Approved | | Action, Romance, Western | 15 August 1952 (Finland)
A Quaker colony tries to save the giant sequoias from a timber baron.

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(as Felix Feist)

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Alicia Chadwick
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Daisy Fisher / Dora Figg
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Walter 'Yukon' Burns
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Frenchy LeCroix
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Tiny
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Judge Crenshaw
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Elder Bixby
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Cleve Gregg
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Sister Blackburn
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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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Mammoth redwood wilderness ... treasure piled to the sky !


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Trivia

"Yukon" Burns is buried in a Quaker cemetery, which contains many graves built close to the trunks of big trees. How these graves could be dug to a reasonable depth with the huge roots they must have had is not explained. See more »

Goofs

Walter 'Yukon' Burns has come from the Yukon gold rush, supposedly in Alaska. But the Yukon Gold Rush occurred in Canada, not Alaska. See more »

Quotes

Daisy Fisher: What is this, a hotel or a nursery?
Alicia Chadwick: A baby was just born here, thanks to Jim.
Daisy Fisher: Congratulations...
Jim Fallon: What do you mean "thanks to Jim"?
Daisy Fisher: I'd better get out of here. It might be catching.
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Connections

Remake of The Valley of the Giants (1927) See more »

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It's Tulip Time in Holland
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Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Dave Radford
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Western tycoon tall tale
15 July 2006 | by (northern Indiana) – See all my reviews

Okay western tells the tale of Kirk Douglas as a would-be lumber baron with more charm than business savvy. Not as good as it could have been with a little sharper direction, but the dialog has some spark and Douglas shines like a new penny when he smiles.

He gets adequate support from the usual suspects, with Patrice Wymore particularly good as his dance hall prostitute girlfriend. Eve Miller as the real love interest is a bit flat by comparison, even granted that she's stuck in the role of a holy roller trying to protect California's giant redwoods.

The plot manages to get genuinely clever at times, with the local judge conspiring to help the Quakers foil Douglas's lumber scheme, Douglas scheming right back, and then the whole thing going topsy-turvy. Still, something is missing (and the faded print I saw didn't help) but the ending goes big to try to save it and nearly succeeds. Worth the time for fans of Douglas, but not a must-see title.


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