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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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Release Date:

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 »


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 »


Judge Crenshaw: Mr. Burns, I've heard you were an honest man and good with a gun. But I also heard you confessed to weakness for liquor, cards and women.
Walter 'Yukon' Burns: Not women, your Honor. They ain't for the weak.
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Remake of The Valley of the Giants (1927) See more »


The Soubrette on the Police Gazette
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Sung and Danced by Patrice Wymore
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So routine it's a bore, but it's really not at all terrible.
19 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Big Trees (1952)

There might be some value in seeing this movie as a sign of another environmental time. There is a fight back and forth over a stand of big, valuable trees, and the owner of them at one point is the U.S. government. But even that will not save them. The movie feels like a Wild West genre film, but set in the big woods of the coast instead of the deserts or Monument Valley. But there are all the simple good folk (in this case, Quakers), the sheriff and buddies, the good guy with issues, and the general mischief of any cowboy town. In general, substitute lumberman for cowboy.

And substitute Felix E. Feist for John Ford as director. Feist made a series of B-movies, sports movies, and other genre flick, and this really is one of them, even though Kirk Douglas, the main actor, was coming off of two major movies elsewhere. It condemns both the movie and the reviewer to admit I had to skip parts of it, it just got so boring. Even Douglas couldn't lift it up. Even fistfights and gunfights and a huge explosion of a timbered railroad bridge couldn't save it. It isn't a terrible movie, but just routine to the point of "don't bother." Naturally it's better than a lot of dreck on television, and that's where you ought to catch it, some night when nothing better looms, by accident. It might actually be fun if it catches you by surprise.

Two things I noticed that were great. One, there is a legal trick pulled where the judge uses the criminal code to get away with cutting some giant trees legally, sort of. And the other is where some women folk (Quakers, who are famous for their pacifism) swarm a man with a gun, knock him down, and then, with relish, one of the women smacks him with a large rock.

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