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Director  Charles Brabin
Screenplay  Adelaide Heilbron
Duration  
6.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Story by  Edna Ferber, Earl Hudson
Country  United States
So Big (1924 film) movie poster
Language  Silent films (English intertitles)
Release date  December 28, 1924 (USA)
Writer  Edna Ferber (novel), Adelaide Heilbron, Earl Hudson (adaptation)
Cast  Colleen Moore (Selina Peake), Wallace Beery (Klaus Poole), Jean Hersholt (Aug Hempel), Frankie Darro (Dirk DeJong), Ben Lyon (Dirk DeJong)
Similar movies  The Damnation of Faust, Rescued from an Eagle's Nest, A Little Madonna, The Fall of a Nation, Feast, Oz: The Great and Powerful

So Big is a 1924 American silent drama film based on Edna Ferber's novel of the same name. It was produced by independent producer Earl Hudson the film was distributed through Associated First National. Unseen for decades, it is considered to be a lost film. Only a trailer survives at the Library of Congress.

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So Big (1924 film) Silent Film Still So Big 1924 Photograph by Granger

Cast

  • Colleen Moore as Selina Peake
  • Joseph De Grasse as Simeon Peake
  • John Bowers as Pervus DeJong
  • Ben Lyon as Dirk DeJong
  • Wallace Beery as Klaus Poole
  • Gladys Brockwell as Maartje Poole
  • Jean Hersholt as Aug Hempel
  • Charlotte Merriam as Julie Hempel
  • Dot Farley as Widow Paarleburg
  • Ford Sterling as Jacob Hoogenduck
  • Frankie Darro as Dirk DeJong (as a child)
  • Henry Hebert as William Storm (credited as Henry Herbert)
  • Dorothy Brock as Dirk DeJong (as an infant)
  • Rosemary Theby as Paula Storm
  • Phyllis Haver as Dallas O'Meara
  • Valentine Black as Child (unbilled)
  • Joe Coppa as A boy (unbilled)
  • Reception

    Colleen Moore's role in So Big quite different from her usual jazz baby/flapper parts. Because Moore's part in the film was so different from the roles she had become known for following Flaming Youth, there was an outcry against her. Forgotten was that prior to her success in Flaming Youth, the vast majority of her roles had been dramatic in character, a few even tragic. She had not only played mothers, but mothers who had lost children (Broken Chains) and mothers who died (Dinty). Still, her performance was generally well received. The film, however, was not so big a success as her previous few comedies, and so Sally was lined up to follow So Big. Moore wrote in Silent Star that upon meeting Edna Ferber some years after the film, the author gave her approval of Moore's performance.

    References

    So Big (1924 film) Wikipedia
    So Big (1924 film) IMDb So Big (1924 film) themoviedb.org


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