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The Big Trees (1952)

Approved | | Action, Romance, Western | 30 March 1952 (UK)
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

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 »

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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

Alicia Chadwick: [Speaking about Jim] 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. Why don't you go off somewhere and have a good cry and forget him?
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Bringing in the Sheaves
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Sung by the Quakers
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The conflict how the collective, that personal ambitions and interests with the social norms, laws and moral principles
5 May 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

In a respective recorded events that occur at the turn of 19th to 20th century in the United States in California during the conflict how the collective, that personal ambitions and interests with the social norms, laws and moral principles they the first are the winners.

The movie "The Big Trees (1952)" attempts to provide answers to above question. This is the weaker the developed film, which is the biggest drawback inconsistent flow of the plot with the result that the action is difficult to connect. However, if the creators of this, still under a mediocre film, viewers would like to point out the moral dilemmas of the actors in this drama they are somewhat succeed.

Unscrupulous Jim Fallon, greedy of money, wants to be all they could enrich the exploitation of the giant sequoias whom opposes the Quaker colony which considers that is the sequoia tree a sacred tree. In the ensuing conflict gradually come to see the moral problems of almost all characters and even members of the Quaker community, led by their leader Alicia Chadwick. How many events are taking place most of the characters , because its personal interests, till the end discovers and shows their hypocrisy. Mainly guilt of Jim Fallon many have died in the conflicts, between them is and the father of Alicia Chadwick, which again at the end of the movie, in a well-recorded breakneck ride the train, the unfortunate J. Fallon saves life, so she finally rejects of what little of its moral scruples. Despite everything, she married J. Fallon!

The events typical for the liberal capitalism in the USA from 19th and early 20th century, whose protagonists are the ones most are subject finally to its rules, rejecting their moral principles and they are caught in its vicious network.

A serious drawback of the movie is a mediocre photography and especially poorly recorded a numerous night scenes.

The main actors are more or less succeed to act out characters that have starred. Among them are Kirk Douglas (as Jim Fallon), which is otherwise many times successfully played the violent and unscrupulous characters in its rich film career. There are Eve Miller (as Alicia Chadwick,) and Edgar Buchanan (as Walter 'Yukon' Burns).


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