The Big Trees

The Big Trees

Felix Feist (1952)

89min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
An outdoor saga about a forest of giant redwood trees that lumberjack Kirk Douglas wants to cut down, much to the horror of the local Quaker community. Cue drama and romance with a demure Quaker girl, played by Eve Miller. For Douglas, still chasing hungrily after real stardom, this low-budget movie was a way out of a stifling contract with Warner Bros: he did the picture for nothing and earned his independence. Warners also saved money by using footage from an earlier lumberjack drama called Valley of the Giants. Filmed in Oregon, the picture is routinely exciting and delivers a powerful environmental message for the time.

Summary

An unscrupulous timber baron is determined to get his hands on some land heavily forested with redwoods and owned by a small Quaker community. However, he has a change of heart when he falls in love with one of the Quaker women, and has to contend with other less principled rivals who are also after the land. Romantic drama, starring Kirk Douglas, Eve Miller, Edgar Buchanan and Patrice Wymore.

Cast & Crew

John Fallon Kirk Douglas
Alicia Chadwick Eve Miller
Yukon Burns Edgar Buchanan
Frenchy Lecroix John Archer
Daisy Fisher Patrice Wymore
Tiny Alan Hale Jr
Judge Crenshaw Roy Roberts
Elder Bixby Charles Meredith
Director Felix Feist
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner Bros Pictures LtdAvailable on: video and DVD
Drama