The Big Trees (February 5, 1952)
Released on February 5, 1952: (running time 1 hour and 29 minutes) An action drama about a wealthy tycoon versus a colony of peaceful Quakers.
Produced by Louis F. Edelman
Directed by Felix E. Feist
Written by John Twist and James R. Webb from a story by Kenneth Earl
The Actors: Kirk Douglas (Jim Fallon), Eve Miller (Alicia Chadwick), Patrice Wymore (Daisy Fisher and Dora Figg), Edgar Buchanan (Walter 'Yukon' Burns), John Archer (Frenchy LeCroix), Alan Hale Jr. (Tiny), Roy Roberts (Judge Crenshaw), Charles Meredith (Elder Bixby), Harry Cording (Cleve Gregg), Ellen Corby (Sister Blackburn), Mel Archer (Ole), Lilian Bond (Daisy's Girl), Sue Casey (young lady), William Challee (Brother Williams), Lane Chandler (Brother Dorn), Frank Hagney (Glen, the lumberman with a rifle), Kathy Marlowe (Daisy's girl), Michael McHale (government land agent), Bill McLean (Ivan), Art Millan (Charlie), Vicki Raaf(Daisy's girl), Lester Sharpe (Gray), Elizabeth Slifer (Sister Wallace), Ann Stuart (young lady), Duke Watson (Murdock)
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The Art of the Deal, and the Catty-Clysm
Kirk Douglas, born in the state of New York, began acting off-Broadway before entering the Navy in 1941 when the U.S. entered World War Two. After the war, he got jobs as a radio announcer and small parts on Broadway. One of his classmates in acting school was Lauren Bacall, and when she became a Hollywood sensation, she told Hal Wallis that he might make a good motion picture actor. He was invited to Hollywood for a screen test and was then given a big part in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers. His performance was so powerful that he was in demand by movie studios for the rest of his life.
In this powerful business tycoon adventure, he is smooth-talking Jim Fallon, a businessman who sees a golden opportunity because of a new law passed by the U.S. Congress in 1900. The California lands of the mighty redwood forest have just been opened up to anyone who can put in a claim. It is no matter that settlers have been on that land for years, all of the land of the giant redwood trees are available for cutting down to provide the lumber to build the growing nation. The nation needs lumber more than it needs tall redwood trees, and the Congress has just opened it up for anyone to legally grab and cut.
Jim Fallon, head of a lumber business in Wisconsin, makes a deal to head west and legally control a huge chunk of land filled with giant redwood trees just waiting for the lumberman’s saw. Nothing can stand in his way, nothing will keep him from becoming a timber tycoon at the expense of the settlers. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Kirk Douglas and his lumbermen
Charles Meredith and Eve Miller
Edgar Buchanan and Michael McHale
Edgar Buchanan and Kirk Douglas
Eve Miller and Elizabeth Slifer
Eve Miller and Kirk Douglas
Harry Cording and John Archer
John Archer and Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas and Patrice Wymore
Myrna Dell and Lon Chaney Jr.
Roy Roberts and Eve Miller