Directed by William A. Wellman • 1932 • United States
Starring Barbara Stanwyck, Bette Davis, George Brent
Based on the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel by Edna Ferber, SO BIG! casts Barbara Stanwyck as Selina Peake, a resourceful schoolteacher turned farmer’s wife who, following the death of her husband, takes over the homestead, working tirelessly to raise both the crops and her young son, whom she is determined to see succeed. Directed by pre-Code master William A. Wellman and featuring a young Bette Davis in an early supporting role, this decades-spanning tale of one woman’s perseverance packs a dizzying amount of plot into its compact running time, giving Stanwyck ample opportunity to demonstrate her formidable emotional range.