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It's a Big Country

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
It's a Big Country will certainly please those with a definite patriotic streak and those with a fondness for nostalgia -- but even this core target audience may find Country a little too "slight" to sustain a full length film. Country is an anthology film, and such pictures almost always have a built-in problem, i.e., the difference in quality between the segments may be quite substantial, making for a film in which the highs and lows are too extreme. This actually isn't as big a problem for Country as for many other omnibuses, but that isn't necessarily cause for rejoicing: the fact is that almost all of Country's sequences are mildly pleasant but also slightly dull. The high point is Gary Cooper's Texas monologue, which is amusing but also quite short of hilarious. Country's segments are also all short. They don't wear out their welcome, but they also don't really develop into anything more than quick sketches. Country does benefit from a stellar cast, with talents such as Ethel Barrymore, Gene Kelly, Cooper, Janet Leigh, Van Johnson, Marjorie Main and many, many more on hand. All turn in work that is good -- but far short of excellent. Still, for simple star-gazing, Country is hard to beat.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/21/2009
  • UPC: 883316175576
  • Original Release: 1950
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: B&W / Full Frame
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 27,184

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ethel Barrymore Mrs. Brian Patrick Riordan
Gary Cooper Texas
Van Johnson Adam Burch
Gene Kelly Icarus Xenophon
Janet Leigh Rosa Szabo
Fredric March Papa Esposito
William Powell Professor
S.Z. Sakall Stefan Szabo
Marjorie Main Mrs. Wrenley
George Murphy Mr. Callaghan
Keefe Brasselle Sgt. Maxie Klein
James Whitmore Mr. Stacey
Keenan Wynn Michael Fisher
Nancy Reagan Miss Coleman
Lewis Stone Sexton
Leon Ames Secret Service Operative
Angela Clarke Mama Esposito
Bobby Hyatt Joseph Esposito
Sharon McManus Sam Szabo
Bill Baldwin Austin
Lucille Curtis Miss Bloomburg
Don Fields George
Don Gordon Mervin
Cameron A. Grant Proprietor of Inn
Jerry Hunter Frank Grillo
Mickey Little Boy
George McDonald
Rhea Mitchell Schoolteacher
Carol Nugent Girl
Elizabeth Risdon Woman
Harry Dean Stanton Official
Roger Cole
Tony Taylor Baby Sitter
George Economides Theodore
George Conrad
David Alpert Greek Athlete
Benny Burt Soda Jerk
Ned Glass Receptionist
Sherry Hall Reporter
June Hedin Kati
Mickey Martin Copyboy
Roger Moore Reporter
Fred Santley Reporter
Henry Sylvester Reporter
Technical Credits
Clarence Brown Director
Don Hartman Director
John Sturges Director
Richard Thorpe Director
Charles Vidor Director
Don Weis Director
William Wellman Director
John Alton Cinematographer
Jack Bonar Set Decoration/Design
Malcolm Brown Art Director
Alberto Colombo Score Composer
Helen Deutsch Screenwriter
Adolph Deutsch Score Composer
William Ferrari Art Director
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Johnny Green Musical Direction/Supervision
Lennie Hayton Score Composer
Ralph S. Hurst Set Decoration/Design
Eddie Imazu Art Director
Ray June Cinematographer
Bronislau Kaper Score Composer
Dorothy Kingsley Screenwriter
Rudolph G. Kopp Score Composer
Isobel Lennart Screenwriter
Ben Lewis Editor
Arthur Lonergan Art Director
William Ludwig Screenwriter
John McNulty Original Story
William C. Mellor Cinematographer
Joseph Petracca Original Story
David Raksin Score Composer, Musical Arrangement
Alan Rivkin Screenwriter
David Rose Score Composer
Joseph Ruttenberg Cinematographer
Dore Schary Screenwriter
Gabriel Scognamillo Production Designer
Robert Sisk Producer
Frederick Y. Smith Editor
William J. Tuttle Makeup
George Wells Screenwriter
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
Charles Wolcott Score Composer
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