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So Big (1953)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Western | 31 October 1953 (USA)
After the death of her father and the loss of his fortune, Selina takes a job teaching school in the Dutch community of New Holland. She stays with the Pools and teaches young Roelf piano. ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Wise

Writers:

Edna Ferber (novel), John Twist
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Won 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jane Wyman ... Selina DeJong
Sterling Hayden ... Pervis DeJong
Nancy Olson ... Dallas O'Mara
Steve Forrest ... Dirk DeJong
Elisabeth Fraser ... Julie Hempel
Martha Hyer ... Paula Hempel
Walter Coy ... Roelf Pool
Richard Beymer ... Roelf, Age 12-16
Tommy Rettig ... Dirk, Age 8
Roland Winters ... Klaas Pool
Jacques Aubuchon ... August Hempel
Ruth Swanson Ruth Swanson ... Maartje Pool
Dorothy Christy ... Widow Paarlenberg
Oliver Blake ... Adam Ooms
Lillian Kemble-Cooper ... Miss Fister (as Lily Kemble)
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Storyline

After the death of her father and the loss of his fortune, Selina takes a job teaching school in the Dutch community of New Holland. She stays with the Pools and teaches young Roelf piano. He has a crush on her, but it is Pervus she marries. Dirk is their only child. After a few years Pervus dies. With a young child and only the farm, Selina begins her quest to grow high quality vegetables. She wants more for Dirk and guides his life until he graduates from college as an architect. As her vegetable label prospers, she sees Paula control Dirk's life as he moves away from creating and into sales, which is not where he wants to go. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Edna Ferber's Pulitizer Prize Novel! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

So Big See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Author Edna Ferber based the character of the Widow Paarlenburg on the real life Antje Paarlberg. The Paarlberg house and farm is now the Paarlberg Historical Farm and Museum in South Holland, Illinois, a suburb near the southern border of Chicago. See more »

Goofs

There is no such thing as a red cabbage growing out of the ground. They are green or purple. The red color is only created when the cabbage is subjected to low pH (acid). See more »

Quotes

Dallas O'Mara: What I don't have, Dirk, I don't need.
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Version of So Big (1924) See more »

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Hollywood at its best
8 July 2001 | by ralphsampsonSee all my reviews

Remarkable soaper gets bravura lead performance by Jane Wyman. The scenes in New Holland are excellent with young Richard Beymer a standout as a student who has a crush on Wyman. Steve Forrest is excellent as Wyman's son. Martha Hyer is a bit out of her league as the would-be vamp seeking to lead Forrest astray. But, why quibble? The production values are first-rate, the writing is excellent, and the score is magnificent.


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