So Big (1924 film)

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So Big
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Colleen Moore as Selina Peake in So Big
Directed by Charles Brabin
Produced by Earl Hudson
Written by Edna Ferber (novel)
Adelaide Heilbron (scenario)
Earl Hudson (adaptation)
Starring Colleen Moore
Cinematography Ted D. McCord
Edited by Arthur Tavares
Marion Fairfax (edit. director)
Distributed by Associated First National
Release dates December 28, 1924 (USA)
Running time 9 reels
Country United States
Language Silent films (English intertitles)

So Big is a 1924 silent film based on Edna Ferber's novel of the same name. It was produced by independent producer Earl Hudson the film was distributed through Associated First National. Unseen for decades, it is considered a lost film. Only a trailer survives at the Library of Congress.[1][2]



Colleen Moore's role in So Big quite different from her usual jazz baby/flapper parts. Because Moore's part in the film was so different from the roles she had become known for following Flaming Youth, there was an outcry against her.[citation needed] Forgotten was that prior to her success in Flaming Youth, the vast majority of her roles had been dramatic in character, a few even tragic. She had not only played mothers, but mothers who had lost children (Broken Chains) and mothers who died (Dinty). Still, her performance was generally well received. The film, however, was not so big a success as her previous few comedies, and so Sally was lined up to follow So Big. Moore wrote in Silent Star that upon meeting Edna Ferber some years after the film, the author gave her approval of Moore's performance.[citation needed]

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