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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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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Remade with Jane Wyman as Selina Peake. See more »

Quotes

Julie Hempel: Ha-ha-ha... Selina, aren't we funny looking?
Selina Peake De Jong: I know I am. And, Julie Hempel, the size of your bustle!
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Featured in Complicated Women (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Built For Two)
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Dacre (1892)
Played as background in the opening scene
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So big--too short
22 May 2003 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Barbara Stanwyck is a young woman who becomes a teacher in a farming community. She gets married, has a son and tries to teach him the true value of life--which is beauty and nature. But he's more interested in money and position. Can she make him see her way?

Very well-done with another great Stanwyck performance and a young Dick Winslow giving a fine performance as Roelf...also a very young Bette Davis shines as a young artist. Very lavishly done...but the film is seriously lacking. The film is very short (80 minutes) and the story seems extremely rushed and lacks focus. I've never read the book but I know it runs over 300-400 pages--there's no way that can be condensed to 80 minutes. So I do recommend the film (I'm giving it an 8) because it is very well-done and the entire cast is great. If only it weren't so short!

Also it's a shame that you have two wonderful actresses (Davis and Stanwyck) in the same movie and they don't even share a scene together!


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