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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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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: Must a man be an artist to interst you?
Miss Dallas O'Mara: Good Lord, no! I'll probably marry some horny-handed son of toil, and if I do, the horny hands'll win me. I like them with their scars on them. There's something about a man who has fought for it: the look in his eye, the feel of his hands. You haven't a mark on you, Dirk, not a mark. You gave up being an architect because it was an uphill, disheartening job at the time. I don't say you should have kept on. For all I know, you were a terrible architect. ...
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Version of So Big (1924) 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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Probably Stanwyck's Best Movie
22 May 2003 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

This movie is simple and true to the tale it tells.

The casting is fine and honorable. Barbara Stanwyck is very touching as the young schoolteacher in a rural area.

The way she arrives at the name for the person who is the tile character is sweet and genuine.

When we flash forward, and she is made up to look genuinely older, he is a real pill, and our hearts break. But what better salvation for a young man on the make could there be than the young, blonde Bette Davis, forceful and sympathetic as an artist who turns him around so his mother can again be proud of him.


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