Cinema: The New Pictures: Apr. 25, 1932

So Big (Warner). Edna Ferber's Pulitzer Prize novel would have been a better picture if its story had been told in a manner more pictorial, less bookish. Yet it is the best cinema in which Barbara Stanwyck has appeared to date. She is Selina Peake, whose father, a Chicago gambler, gets shot in the course of business. He leaves her with an expensive education, no money, a belief that "life is so much velvet."

In a community of cabbage-growing Dutch-American yokels where Selina goes to teach school, she finds the velvet worn thin. She...

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