It's a Big Country
It's a Big Country celebrates the USA with a star-studded array of eight slice-of-life vignettes. The stars shine brightly over this big, grand, heart-tugging country.
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 29 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: July 21, 2009
- Originally Released: 1951
- Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Gary Cooper, Gene Kelly, Ethel Barrymore, Van Johnson, Janet Leigh, Keefe Brasselle, Nancy Davis, Marjorie Main, Fredric March & George Murphy|
|Directed by||Clarence Brown, Don Hartman, John Sturges, Richard Thorpe, Charles Vidor, Don Weis & William A. Wellman|
|Screenwriting by||George Wells, Dorothy Kingsley, William Ludwig, Helen Deutsch, Isobel Lennart, Dore Schary & Allen Rivkin|
|Composition by||David Rose, Rudolph G. Kopp, Lennie Hayton, Charles Wolcott, Alberto Colombo, David Raksin, Adolph Deutsch & Bronislau Kaper|
|Story by||Joseph Petracca & John McNulty|
|Director of Photography:||Joseph Ruttenberg, John Alton & Ray June|
Description by OLDIES.com:
With spacious skies, amber fields and alabaster cities gleaming, with E Pluribus Unum and red, white and bally-hoo, It's a Big Country celebrates the USA with a star-studded array of eight slice-of-life vignettes. Among highlights: a train passenger (William Powell) sets another traveler (James Whitmore) straight about how America defies simple description; an elderly widow (Ethel Barrymore) seeks to be counted in the census; a documentary montage lauds African-Americans; a saddled-up lone star (Gary Cooper) drolly extols the Lone Star State; and Icarus Xenophon (Gene Kelly) finds love (with Janet Leigh) and wrath from her Greek-loathing father (S. Z. Sakall). The stars shine brightly over this big, grand, heart-tugging country.
Comprised of eight unrelated episodes of inconsistent quality, this anthology piece of American propaganda features some of MGM Studios' best directors, screenwriters and actors; it is narrated by Louis Calhern. Stories are framed by the lecture of a university professor. In one tale a Boston resident becomes angry when the census forgets to record her presence. Another sketch chronicles the achievements of African Americans while still another pays tongue-in-cheek tribute to Texas.