It's a Big Country: An American Anthology

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  • Genre(s): Comedy Drama
  • Release year: 1951
  • Running time: 89 min
With spacious skies, amber fields and alabaster cities gleaming, with E Pluribus Unum and red, white and bally-hoo, It's a Big Country celebrates the USA with a star-studded array of eight slice-of-life vignettes. Among highlights: a train passenger... read more

With spacious skies, amber fields and alabaster cities gleaming, with E Pluribus Unum and red, white and bally-hoo, It's a Big Country celebrates the USA with a star-studded array of eight slice-of-life vignettes. Among highlights: a train passenger (William Powell) sets another traveler (James Whitmore) straight about how America defies simple description; an elderly widow (Ethel Barrymore) seeks to be counted in the census; a documentary montage lauds African-Americans; a saddled-up lone star (Gary Cooper) drolly extols the Lone Star State; and Icarus Xenophon (Gene Kelly) finds love (with Janet Leigh) and wrath from her Greek-loathing father (S. Z. Sakall). The stars shine brightly over this big, grand, heart-tugging country.

Original Release

11/20/1951

Cast

Ethel Barrymore Mrs. Brian Patrick Riordan
Keefe Brasselle Sgt. Maxie Klein
Gary Cooper Texas
Nancy Davis
Van Johnson Rev. Adam Burch
Nancy Reagan Miss Coleman (as Nancy Davis)
Gene Kelly Icarus Xenophon
Janet Leigh Rosa Szabo
Marjorie Main Mrs. Wrenley
Fredric March Joe Esposito
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

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

Writers

Ray Chordes, Claudia Cranston, Helen Deutsch, Dorothy Kingsley, William Ludwig, Charles Palmer, Dore Schary, Lucille Schlossberg, Edgar Brooke, Isobel Lennart, Allen Rivkin, George Wells, Joseph Petracca

Cast

Ethel Barrymore Mrs. Brian Patrick Riordan
Keefe Brasselle Sgt. Maxie Klein
Gary Cooper Texas
Nancy Davis
Van Johnson Rev. Adam Burch
Nancy Reagan Miss Coleman (as Nancy Davis)
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 (as Bobby Hyatt)
Sharon McManus Sam Szabo

Producers

Editors

Ben Lewis, Fredrick Y. Smith

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