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It's a Big Country: An American Anthology

1951
1h 29m
Comedy/Drama
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Cast

Ethel Barrymore (Mrs. Brian Patrick Riordan)Keefe Brasselle (Sgt. Maxie Klein)Gary Cooper (Texas)Nancy Reagan (Miss Coleman)Van Johnson (Rev. Adam Burch)Gene Kelly (Icarus Xenophon)Janet Leigh (Rosa Szabo)Marjorie Main (Mrs. Wrenley)Fredric March (Joe Esposito)George Murphy (Mr. Callaghan)William Powell (Professor)S.Z. Sakall (Stefan Szabo)Lewis Stone (Church Sexton)James Whitmore (Mr. Stacey)Keenan Wynn (Michael Fisher)Leon Ames (Secret Service Man)Angela Clarke (Mama Esposito)Robert Hyatt (Joey Esposito)

Directors

Clarence Brown, Don Hartman, John Sturges, Richard Thorpe, Charles Vidor, Don Weis, William A. Wellman

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Synopsis

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 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.

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