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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.

Director:

Felix E. Feist (as Felix Feist)

Writers:

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

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The reading that Fallon does at the dinner is from Psalms 41, verse 1. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Walter 'Yukon' Burns: [Referring to the giant sequioas] Biggest, boldest things in the whole world!
Walter 'Yukon' Burns: [to Jim] Make you feel kinda small?
Jim Fallon: Nope... big! I'm the one that;s gonna knock 'em down!
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Remake of The Valley of the Giants (1919) See more »

Soundtracks

The Soubrette on the Police Gazette
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Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Sung and Danced by Patrice Wymore
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Far More Interesting Than The Title Implies
17 February 2008 | by sddavis63See all my reviews

Kirk Douglas offered a very good performances in a movie that I really didn't expect much out of, but that turned out to be surprisingly interesting. Neither the title nor the plot gave me high hopes. The story is about the efforts of a religious community to prevent the cutting down of California's giant redwoods by a Wisconsin lumberman. It doesn't sound particularly exciting, but actually turns out to be pretty good. Douglas is the lumberman - Jim Fallon - a charismatic conniver who seems able to convince anyone of his good intentions, even while he plots to take as much advantage of them as he possibly can. There's some decent enough action, particularly the scene in which Fallon tries to rescue Sister Chadwick (Eve Miller) from the out of control train. There's also good use of humour, provided both by Douglas and Edgar Buchanan as "Yukon" Burns, who becomes first Fallon's right hand man and then his antagonist - and who actually ends up being appointed as a marshall by a local judge (Roy Roberts) who's sympathetic to the religious folk and is willing to twist and turn every law on the book to help them.

That evolution is one of the problems with the movie, however. People change too fast from good guys to bad guys, or from friends into enemies, and it's hard to really understand how the changes came upon them, which sometimes makes it hard to keep track of who's on whose side at any given time, and the final evolution of Fallon - telegraphed as it from the moment he arrives in California - is still hard to believe. I also thought that aside from Douglas and Buchanan, the performances were average at best. Still, it's not a bad watch. 6/10


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