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So Big! (1932)

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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Drama | Romance

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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

Miss Dallas O'Mara: You know, you seem like much too nice a fellow to sit behind a desk, pushing buttons.
Dirk De Jong: I haven't been a high-powered executive for long. I used to be an architect.
Miss Dallas O'Mara: Why did you give it up?
Dirk De Jong: Oh, nothing in it...
Miss Dallas O'Mara: What do you mean, "Nothing in it"?
Dirk De Jong: No money!
Miss Dallas O'Mara: Who cares!... Gee, I'd rather plan the back door of a beautiful building, than sell all the bonds ever engraved.
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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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Quite fine
30 July 2006 | by arturusSee all my reviews

This is an extremely condensed version of Edna Ferber's Pulitzer Prize winning novel. It moves much too fast, missing the epic scope of Ferber's writing, but it works on its own small terms, establishing characters, filling them out, though in miniature, and telling Ferber's story. I wonder what she thought of this version!

Stanwyck is wonderful in this, simple and straightforward, really playing the character. This was an amazing performer. The more I see of her body of work the more impressed I am. She could do anything, comedy, serious drama, playing all kinds of characters from good to bad, "dames" to ladies.

Bette Davis shines in this early performance. She was only twenty four years old here, and without tricks or gimmicks (the kind she would use increasingly as she got older and the passion for acting faded) she plays a character, inhabits her, plays in the scene and really holds your attention. She looks lovely by the way, even with her platinum dyed tresses.


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