The Big Trees (1952)

Approved  |   |  Action, Romance, Western  |  15 August 1952 (Finland)
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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:
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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Für eine Handvoll Geld  »

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Did You Know?


As of 2002, the rights to this film became public domain, and DVD copies that were "digitally remastered" began appearing in 99 Cent stores in LA area in 2004. 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 »


Elder Bixby: Violence is not our creed.
Walter 'Yukon' Burns: Yeah, I know. And I believe in turning the other cheek... but you just run out of cheeks. It's time to start growing some religious muscle.
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Remake of The Valley of the Giants (1927) See more »


Bringing in the Sheaves
Written by Knowles Shaw and George A. Minor
Sung by the Quakers
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Good film with a magnificent interpretation by Kirk Douglas
6 May 2005 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

The movie talks about a greedy lumberman called Jim Fallon (Kirk Douglas) who tries to make himself the owner of a redwood with impressive trees called ¨Sequoias¨ placed on California . A group of religious Quakers care the rousing trees like a holy mission . As a Quaker colony tries to save the giant sequoias from a timber baron . Meanwhile , Kirk falls in love with the leader (Eve Miller) , befriends a kind old man (Edgar Buchanan , a real scene stealer) and confronts enemies . Fallon will have to confront some of his own workers to vanquish the battle . The film deals upon the taking on amongst nasty timbermen and peaceful homesteaders .

The picture blends action western , a love story , thrills and stimulating outdoors . The landscapes with the Sequoais's woods are spellbound and breathtaking . There are excellent action sequences , as a train derailing where Kirk Douglas demonstrates his energy as action hero . Acting by main actors is top notch similarly to support cast (Edgar Buchanan , Patrice Wymore , Alan Hale and John Archer) in which everybody is awesome . Cinematography by Bert Glennon is glamorous and colorful but is quite worn-out ; in fact , in 2002 the rights to this film became public domain . This film compellingly directed by Felix Feist results to be a remake from ¨Valley of giants (1938)¨ by William Keighley with stock footage taken from this film and was starred by Wayne Morris , Claire Trevor and Alan Hale . The flick will appeal to landscape lovers and Kirk Douglas fans . Rating: Good . Well worth watching .

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