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The story, told in eight episodes, covers different facets of the American Spirit, from racial and religious tolerance to the dangers of self-centeredness and myopic reasoning. The parables... See full summary »
The film was a pet project of studio chief Dore Schary, whose good intentions were ultimately undermined by subtle touches that, ironically, carried the weight of a sledgehammer, such as conveying the tension between an anti-Semitic woman (Marjorie Main) toward a Jewish man (Keefe Brasselle) solely through the male character's name: 'Maxie Klein.' What modern audiences fail to realize is that, at the time of the film's release, issues such as this were not discussed as a matter of course, which led movies such as It's a Big Country (1951) and Gentleman's Agreement (1947) to occasionally overstate themselves in an effort to make their points.
Rosa Szabo Xenophon:
Marry me? You don't know anything about me.
Icarus Xenophon: You're a girl. You're pretty and you're modest. What else is there to know?
When the census taker asks Ethel Barrymore her name, she replies "Mrs. Brian Patrick Riordan" and he writes it down. Always with censuses, a woman's given name is entered.
English, Hungarian, Italian
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