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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:

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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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Budget:

$228,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Bernhard Kaun composed original music for the trailer. See more »

Quotes

Dirk De Jong: Listen, Dallas, what do you think of me, anyway?
Miss Dallas O'Mara: [Indifferently] You're a nice young man.
Dirk De Jong: [Somewhat deflated] Oh, well that's like telling a fella' he "means well."
Miss Dallas O'Mara: Sorry, but you asked for it.
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Connections

Referenced in Have You Got Any Castles? (1938) 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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How you going to keep 'em down on the farm....
13 April 2002 | by Jim TrittenSee all my reviews

Showcase for Barbara Stanwyck who gracefully ages from a young woman to a mother in her late 40s. Barbara stands for hard work (on the farm) and the recognition of beauty in life (even cabbages are beautiful). Her understated portrayal shines as one of her best works. Story of her son, (who Barbara said was "So Big" with hands spread wide apart) is that of a privileged offspring who ignores his mother's advice and takes the easy way to money, ignoring the beauty in creativity, and hides his mother's career from society ladies. When he finally meets a good woman (a good Bette Davis) who appreciates someone with "bumps," he reveals his past but it is not bumpy enough to impress her. Instead Bette goes off to Paris and meets with celebrated sculptor George Brent who as a boy had lived with and loved the older Barbara. Interesting portrayal of two contemporary actresses with one playing the part of a woman old enough to be the other's mother and neither obviously updating the other. Good messages, good role models, with Barbara staying down on the farm as a success without having taken the easy road. A quiet gem to inspire depression-era audiences.


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