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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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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15 August 1952 (Finland)  »

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Für eine Handvoll Geld  »

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According to Kirk Douglas in his autobiography "The Ragman's Son", he agreed to act in this film for free, in order to end his contract with Warner Bros. He later said, "It's a bad movie." 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 »


Jim Fallon: [Noticing the group of Quaker women with their distinctive attire] What are they all dressed up for?
Frenchy LeCroix: There's a hallelujah colony around here... soul savers... rigid and religious.
Jim Fallon: [Referring to Alicia] The dark-haired one can save my soul anytime.
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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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A 1950's movie with great action set on a historic event.
7 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I bought a copy of this film for a very small price at a job lot store. The company, Global Multimedia Corporation, said this was a digitally remastered copy, called Value DVD. It was amusing that the cover presented Kirk Douglas and Alicia Chadwick. Alicia Chadwick is actually a major character in the story who was played by Eve Miller.

The color of this restored master was indeed very good on my plasma TV. The story was set on a historical event which took place during the McKinley administration in 1900. Apparently, land with the giant redwoods was opened up for grabs by allowing lumber companies to pay for new claims, even for land which had been settled by homesteaders under an 1868 act of Congress. Our hero Jim Fallon heads west with cronies from Wisconsin to make his fortune. As the story unfolds with some tragedy, he is forsaken by former associates, and warms to his new friends, the Quakers who had settled the land before. Indeed, he turns the tide in their favor, thus redeeming himself, and winning the girl.

The movie was excellent with great stunts, seemingly performed by Douglas himself. It is really instructive to see how much good film action was done long before digital effects. Indeed, this movie could give you a real taste for quality movies of mid-20th century.

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