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So Big (1953)





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This 1953 tear-jerker is the third film version of the Edna Ferber novel So Big. Stepping into the role previously essayed by Colleen Moore and Barbara Stanwyck, Jane Wyman plays Selina, a girl of wealth who comes to a Dutch community outside Chicago as a schoolteacher. Here Selina falls in love with poor but big-hearted truck farmer Pervus DeJong (Sterling Hayden). When Pervus dies, Selina is left a widow with a small son and little else to her name. Through grit and perseverance, Selina single-handedly raises the boy, who grows up to be architect Dirk DeJong (Steve Forrest). Taking a cue from his self-sacrificing mother, Dirk devotes himself to creativity rather than money-grubbing while pursuing his profession. Meticulously produced, So Big is one of the better "saga" soapers of the 1950s, with Jane Wyman repeating her "aging" process from 1951's The Blue Veil. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Jane Wyman
as Selina DeJong
Sterling Hayden
as Pervus DeJong
Nancy Olson
as Dallas O'Mara
Martha Hyer
as Paula Hempel
Steve Forrest
as Dirk DeJong
Elisabeth Fraser
as Julie Hempel
Walter Coy
as Roelf Pool
Richard Beymer
as Roelf as a youth
Tommy Rettig
as Dirk (age 8)
Roland Winters
as Klaas Pool
Jacques Aubuchon
as August Hempel
Ruth Swanson
as Maartje Pool
Dorothy Christy
as Widow Paarlenberg
Oliver Blake
as Adam Ooms
Noralee Norman
as Geertje Pool
Jill Janssen
as Jozina Pool
Grandon Rhodes
as Bainbridge
Bud Osborne
as Wagon Driver
Ken Osmond
as Eugene
Kenner G. Kemp
as Hempel's Chauffeur
Marjorie Bennett
as Housekeeper
Frank Ferguson
as Draftsman
Douglas Evans
as Mr. Hollis
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Critic Reviews for So Big

All Critics (2)

Jane Wyman's intelligent acting helps somewhat in galvanizing Hollywood's third filming of Edna Ferber's mother-love saga

November 5, 2019 | Full Review…

It remains engrossing in a film that is often cloying, and that smears realistic scenes with fancy speeches.

March 25, 2019 | Full Review…

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