It’s a Big Country
Comprised of eight unrelated episodes of inconsistent quality, this anthology piece of American propaganda features some of MGM Studios’ best directors, screenwriters and actors; it is narrated by Louis Calhern. Stories are framed by the lecture of a university professor. In one tale a Boston resident becomes angry when the census forgets to record her presence. Another sketch chronicles the achievements of African Americans while still another pays tongue-in-cheek tribute to Texas.
Director: Charles Vidor, Clarence Brown, Don Hartman, Don Weis, John Sturges, Richard Thorpe, William A. Wellman
Actors: Ethel Barrymore, Fredric March, Gary Cooper, Gene Kelly, George Murphy, Janet Leigh, Keefe Brasselle, Marjorie Main, Nancy Reagan, Van Johnson