Take It Big

Take It Big

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Frank McDonald
Produced by William H. Pine
William C. Thomas
Screenplay by Howard J. Green
Joe Bigelow
Starring Jack Haley
Harriet Hilliard
Mary Beth Hughes
Richard Lane
Arline Judge
Fritz Feld
Music by Rudy Schrager
Cinematography Fred Jackman Jr.
Edited by Victor Lewis
Howard A. Smith
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • June 9, 1944 (1944-06-09)
Running time
75 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Take It Big is a 1944 American comedy film directed by Frank McDonald and written by Howard J. Green and Joe Bigelow. The film stars Jack Haley, Harriet Hilliard, Mary Beth Hughes, Richard Lane, Arline Judge and Fritz Feld. The film was released on June 9, 1944, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2]


She is a singer in a nightclub, but Jerry Clinton has been rejecting other jobs and other suitors because of her romantic feelings toward Jack North, who does a comic act inside a horse's costume with his partner, Eddie Hampton.

Jack inherits a dude ranch out west. When he, Jerry and Eddie arrive, they are pleased to find it a beautiful place, unaware that they have mistakenly gone to the wrong ranch. Jack acts as boss, implementing many peculiar ideas and attracting flirtation from gold digger Gaye Livingston, until real owner Harvey Phillips turns up.

Jack's actual ranch is a rundown mess. Jerry and others persuade him that it can be improved into a prosperous place just like the other, and before long Jack's ranch is attracting tourists, also drawn by Ozzie Nelson and his Orchestra being booked to entertain there. Harvey resents the competition and intends to call in an overdue loan immediately, but Jack enters a rodeo, wins first prize in the bucking bronco competition and pays off the debt.



  1. "Take It Big (1944) - Overview". TCM.com. Retrieved 2015-08-08.
  2. "Take-It-Big - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2015-08-08.
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