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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.

Director:

Felix E. Feist (as Felix Feist)

Writers:

John Twist (screenplay), James R. Webb (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kirk Douglas ... Jim Fallon
Eve Miller ... Alicia Chadwick
Patrice Wymore ... Daisy Fisher / Dora Figg
Edgar Buchanan ... Walter 'Yukon' Burns
John Archer ... Frenchy LeCroix
Alan Hale Jr. ... Tiny
Roy Roberts ... Judge Crenshaw
Charles Meredith ... Elder Bixby
Harry Cording ... Cleve Gregg
Ellen Corby ... Sister Blackburn
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 1952 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Für eine Handvoll Geld See more »

Filming Locations:

Eureka, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the same year, Kirk Douglas starred in a movie titled The Big Trees and a movie titled The Big Sky. Though they were narratively unconnected, in both films, Douglas's character was named Jim. See more »

Goofs

Judging by the filming locations, the trees are coast redwoods (sequoia semerivirons). Giant sequoia are referenced in the writings on this film. Giant sequoia (sequoiadendron giganteum) are a different species located far away from these coastal filming locations in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. See more »

Quotes

Elder Bixby: [to Jim] The giant sequoias are more than trees, friend. They are the everlasting sign of our Creator's work... 4000 years old... as old as the Book and the Faith.
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Remake of Valley of the Giants (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Tulip Time in Holland
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Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Dave Radford
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I wooden recommend it.
4 December 2004 | by yonhopeSee all my reviews

Hi, Everyone,

This movie lumbers along. I would (wood) be going out on a limb if I said it was exciting, but it has some good moments. The runaway train sequence is OK, but not up to some other movie runaway trains, like Runaway Train. The scenes with Kirk (or his stuntman) jumping onto a train work very well. He was in good physical condition when this was made. His closeups are even exciting during the action sequence.

Kirk Douglas has been much better in many other movies. He looks athletic here and he acts adequately. Edgar Buchanan is miscast, even though he does a good job as a tough guy, of sorts. I would have tried to get Victor Mature or maybe Robert Mitchum for the part Edgar did.

If you like train movies, try The Train with Burt Lancaster or Silver Streak with Gene Wilder. For better train wrecks, try Greatest Show on Earth or Bridge on the River Kwai.

There is one musical number that is done well. Beautiful scenery galore. A couple of good stunts. Not so good fight scenes. This would be a good film for a double feature Kirk Douglas night, but it is not his best.

I will leaf you now.

Tom Willett


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