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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.


Felix E. Feist (as Felix Feist)


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




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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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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Did You Know?


Apart from Kirk Douglas working for free, Warner Brothers also saved money on the picture by reusing footage from Valley of the Giants (1938). See more »


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 »


prologue: In 1900 the Congress of the United States passed a law which made a young man in Wisconsin decide to prove - that money growas on trees.
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Remake of The Valley of the Giants (1927) See more »


San Antonio
Music by Egbert Van Alstyne
[Heard in the background after "The Soubrette on the Police Gazette" number.]
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A 1950's movie with great action set on a historic event.
7 February 2008 | by jjmmcdSee all my reviews

I bought a copy of this film for a very small price at a job lot store. The company, Global Multimedia Corporation, said this was a digitally remastered copy, called Value DVD. It was amusing that the cover presented Kirk Douglas and Alicia Chadwick. Alicia Chadwick is actually a major character in the story who was played by Eve Miller.

The color of this restored master was indeed very good on my plasma TV. The story was set on a historical event which took place during the McKinley administration in 1900. Apparently, land with the giant redwoods was opened up for grabs by allowing lumber companies to pay for new claims, even for land which had been settled by homesteaders under an 1868 act of Congress. Our hero Jim Fallon heads west with cronies from Wisconsin to make his fortune. As the story unfolds with some tragedy, he is forsaken by former associates, and warms to his new friends, the Quakers who had settled the land before. Indeed, he turns the tide in their favor, thus redeeming himself, and winning the girl.

The movie was excellent with great stunts, seemingly performed by Douglas himself. It is really instructive to see how much good film action was done long before digital effects. Indeed, this movie could give you a real taste for quality movies of mid-20th century.

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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 (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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