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It's a Big Country: An American Anthology (1951)

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89 min | Comedy, Drama

The story, told in eight episodes, covers different facets of the American Spirit, from racial and religious tolerance to the dangers of self-centeredness and myopic reasoning. The parables represent a broad cross-section of the American ...See moreThe story, told in eight episodes, covers different facets of the American Spirit, from racial and religious tolerance to the dangers of self-centeredness and myopic reasoning. The parables represent a broad cross-section of the American experience: the elderly woman whose pride is injured when she's forgotten in the latest census; the novice minister more pleased with the sound of his own voice than with the needs of his congregation; the mother who confronts the illogic of racial intolerance when she meets the best friend of the son she lost to war; and the enigma that is Texas. Episode titles are: 1) Interruptions, Interruptions; 2) Census Taker; 3) Negro Story; 4) Rosika, the Rose; 5) Letter from Korea; 6) Lone Star; (7) Minister in Washington; 8) Four Eyes; a further episode, titled Load, directed by Anthony Mann, with 'Jean Hersholt' (q.v.) and 'Ann Harding' (q.v.), was filmed but deleted. Written by Chris Stone See less
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Dore Schary (story for picture) (written by: episode seven) | William Ludwig (screenplay: episode one) | Edgar Brooke (story: episode one) | Helen Deutsch (screenplay: episode two) & 8 more
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$1,013,000
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Nov 20, 1951 (United States)

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Ethel Barrymore
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Keefe Brasselle
Sgt. Maxie Klein Sgt. Maxie Klein   See fewer
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Nancy Reagan
Miss Coleman (as Nancy Davis) Miss Coleman (as Nancy Davis)   See fewer
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Van Johnson
Rev. Adam Burch Rev. Adam Burch   See fewer
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Gene Kelly
Icarus Xenophon Icarus Xenophon   See fewer
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Janet Leigh
Rosa Szabo Rosa Szabo   See fewer
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Marjorie Main
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Fredric March
Joe Esposito Joe Esposito   See fewer
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George Murphy
Mr. Callaghan Mr. Callaghan   See fewer
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William Powell
Professor Professor   See fewer
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S.Z. Sakall
Stefan Szabo Stefan Szabo   See fewer
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Lewis Stone
Church Sexton Church Sexton   See fewer
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James Whitmore
Mr. Stacey Mr. Stacey   See fewer
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Keenan Wynn
Michael Fisher Michael Fisher   See fewer
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Leon Ames
Secret Service Man Secret Service Man   See fewer
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Angela Clarke
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Robert Hyatt
Joey Esposito (as Bobby Hyatt) Joey Esposito (as Bobby Hyatt)   See fewer
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Sharon McManus
Sam Szabo Sam Szabo   See fewer
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David Alpert
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Jeralyn Alton
Yolande Szabo (uncredited) Yolande Szabo (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dolly Arriaga
Concetta Esposito (uncredited) Concetta Esposito (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bill Baldwin
Austin (uncredited) Austin (uncredited)   See fewer
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Benny Burt
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Louis Calhern
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Dick Cherney
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Ray Chordes
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Roger Cole
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George Conrad
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Lucille Curtis
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Don Fields
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Ned Glass
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Don Gordon
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A. Cameron Grant
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Richard Grindle
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Sherry Hall
Census Bureau Assistant Supervisor (uncredited) Census Bureau Assistant Supervisor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Hal Hatfield
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June Hedin
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Art Howard
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Jerry Hunter
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Jacqueline Kenley
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Anthony Lappas
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Mickey Little
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George McDonald
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Luana Mehlberg
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Rhea Mitchell
School Teacher (uncredited) School Teacher (uncredited)   See fewer
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Roger Moore
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Costas Morfis
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Tom Nickols
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Carol Nugent
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Fred Santley
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Harry Stanton
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Henry Sylvester
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William H. Welsh
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6.1 / 10 | 506 votes