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So Big! (1932)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 30 April 1932 (USA)
Following the death of Selena's father, she's offered a job as a teacher in a small town and a new chapter of her life begins.

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Edna Ferber (novel), J. Grubb Alexander (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Selina Peake De Jong
George Brent ... Roelf Pool
Dickie Moore ... Dirk De Jong (younger)
Bette Davis ... Miss Dallas O'Mara
Mae Madison ... Julie Hempel
Hardie Albright ... Dirk De Jong
Alan Hale ... Klass Poole
Earle Foxe ... Pervus De Jong
Robert Warwick ... Simeon Peake, Gambler
Dorothy Peterson ... Maartje Pool
Noel Francis ... Mabel, a 'Fancy Woman'
Dick Winslow ... Roelf, age 12
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
André Cheron André Cheron ... The General (scenes deleted)
Guy Kibbee ... August Hemple (scenes deleted)
Martha Mattox ... Maiden Aunt (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Selina lived well until her father Simeon died. Her aunts sold the estate and put her in a boarding school. As an adult she wants to be a teacher in farming country. She falls in love with and marries Pervus, a Dutch farmer she has been tutoring. When he dies her hopes lie with their son Dirk, who disappoints her by giving up architecture for stock brokerage. Her new hope is Roelfe, the son of her former boardinghouse keeper and a sculptor. Dirk falls in love with Dallas O'Mara, whom Selina hopes will be the inspiration for her son's salvation. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lille mor See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$228,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 13, 1939 with Barbara Stanwyck reprising her film role. See more »

Quotes

Dirk De Jong: You're just about the most attractive girl I've ever met
Miss Dallas O'Mara: Very good. Kinda sterotyped, but still effective. Time out while I work up a maidenly blush.
Dirk De Jong: Now this is your last chance. I'm not going to ask you this question any more. How about having dinner with me some night?
Miss Dallas O'Mara: Love to.
Dirk De Jong: When?
Miss Dallas O'Mara: Oh, sometime in the distant future... say, um, tonight.
Dirk De Jong: Perfect. Where would you like to go, the Casino?
Miss Dallas O'Mara: Oh, let's not and say we did. Those upper-crust places make me jitter.
Dirk De Jong: Well, how about Thompson's Lunch?
Miss Dallas O'Mara: ...
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Featured in Private Screenings: Child Stars (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
(uncredited)
Text by Martin Luther, Translated by Frederick H. Hedge
Played and sung in church
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So Big! So Wonderful!
18 August 2002 | by Shelly_Servo3000See all my reviews

"So Big!" has been filmed three times, once before this version (a lost film from the original flapper Colleen Moore) and once after. But this is the treatment that rings true; this is the "So Big!" that really is so big.

Barbara Stanwyck successfully ages from schoolgirl to aged mother in this film. The story is beautiful (based on Edna Farber's novel) and the acting is superb. You can't help but cry at the end! Don't miss an early screen appearance from Bette Davis!

"So Big!" is shown on Turner Classic Movies at times, but make sure it's the Stanwyck version and not the Jane Wyman re-remake. It's worth the effort.


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