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It's a Big Country (1951)





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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.


Ethel Barrymore
as Mrs. Brian Patrick Riordan
Van Johnson
as Rev. Adam Burch
Gene Kelly
as Icarus Xenophon
Keefe Brasselle
as Sgt. Maxie Klein
Nancy Reagan
as Miss Coleman
Janet Leigh
as Rosa Szabo
Marjorie Main
as Mrs. Wrenley
Fredric March
as Papa Esposito
George Murphy
as Mr. Callaghan
William Powell
as Professor
S.Z. Sakall
as Stefan Szabo
James Whitmore
as Mr. Stacey
Keenan Wynn
as Michael Fisher
Leon Ames
as Secret Service Man
Angela Clarke
as Mama Esposito
Robert Hyatt
as Joseph Esposito
Sharon McManus
as Sam Szabo
Ned Glass
as Receptionist
William Welsh
as Official
Sherry Hall
as Official
Fred Santley
as Official
Roger Moore
as Official
Roger Cole
as Official
Harry Stanton
as Official
Tony Taylor
as Baby Sitter
Benny Burt
as Soda Jerk
Hal Hatfield
as Greek Athlete
George Conrad
as Greek Athlete
Richard Grindle
as Greek Athlete
Anthony Lappas
as Greek Athlete
Tom Nickols
as Greek Athlete
David Alpert
as Greek Athlete
Costas Morfis
as Greek Athlete
Cameron A. Grant
as Proprietor of Inn
Don Fields
as George
Jerry Hunter
as Frank Grillo
Don Gordon
as Mervin
Lucille Curtis
as Miss Bloomburg
Dolly Arriaga
as Concetta Esposito
Elena Savonarola
as Amelia Esposito
Tiny Francone
as Girl in Classroom
Rhea Mitchell
as Schoolteacher
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Episodic by nature and all the vignettes have their charm but the first three are really the best.

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