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Valley of the Giants (1938)

Passed | | Adventure | 17 September 1938 (USA)
A lumberman (Wayne Morris) and a gambling-house lady (Claire Trevor) thwart Easterners eyeing the California Redwoods.

Director:

William Keighley

Writers:

Seton I. Miller (screenplay), Michael Fessier (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wayne Morris ... Bill Cardigan
Claire Trevor ... Lee Roberts
Frank McHugh ... 'Fingers' McCarthy
Alan Hale ... 'Ox' Smith
Donald Crisp ... Andy Stone
Charles Bickford ... Howard Fallon
Jack La Rue ... Ed Morrell (as Jack LaRue)
John Litel ... Hendricks
Dick Purcell ... Creel
El Brendel ... 'Fats'
Russell Simpson ... McKenzie
Cy Kendall ... Sheriff Graber
Harry Cording ... Greer
Wade Boteler ... Joe Lorimer
Helen MacKellar ... Mrs. Lorimer
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Storyline

A lumberman (Wayne Morris) and a gambling-house lady (Claire Trevor) thwart Easterners eyeing the California Redwoods.

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Genres:

Adventure

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La vallée des géants See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Tucson Thursday 23 August 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9), in Albuquerque Monday 17 September 1956 on KOAT (Channel 7), in Cincinnati Wednesday 10 October 1956 on WKRC (Channel 12), in San Francisco Friday 12 October 1956 on KPIX (Channel 5), in New York City Sunday 28 October 1956 on WABD (Channel 5), and in Phoenix Thursday 8 November 1956 on KVAR (Channel 12). At this time, color broadcasting was in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so vintage film showings were still in B&W. Most viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later. However, this film was lucky enough to be included in a series of vintage titles from the WB film library colorcast in Honolulu , and was first seen there "living color" [sic] Thursday 27 November 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13). See more »

Goofs

When Bill and Lee go on their fishing hike, after he helps her down from a giant log, a moving shadow of the boom microphone can be seen on the foliage to the right in the shot. See more »

Quotes

'Ox' Smith: C'mon you bo-hunks. Let's get a move on!
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Connections

Edited from God's Country and the Woman (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

A Bird in a Gilded Cage
(1900) (uncredited)
Music by Harry von Tilzer
Lyrics by Arthur J. Lamb
Sung by Jerry Colonna in the San Hedrin saloon
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The saps really flowed into theaters in 1938 and '52
27 May 2011 | by originalthinkr-2See all my reviews

While an undistinguished piece of filmmaking, "Valley of the Giants" dovetails nicely with Warner Bros.' often cited theme of Resistance to Tyranny and Struggle for Justice, so often seen in films as diverse as "I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang," "The Adventures of Robin Hood," "The Life of Emile Zola" and "Confessions of a Nazi Spy," the unusual subject here being ecological devastation (also visited the year before in Warners' first all-three-strip Technicolor feature, "Gold is Where You Find It.").

Interestingly, fourteen years later, when the studio remade the story as "The Big Trees," the original film's villain, Fallon ("Steve Fallon" in "Valley of the Giants." "Jim Fallon" in "The Big Trees") became the protagonist, tailored for the talents of Kirk Douglas, whose peerless aptitude for essaying misguided heels was already well established by the early 1950's.

It should also be noted that character actor Harry Cording, a mainstay at Warner Bros. in the 1930's and '40's, appears in both versions. The Hale family are also represented in both films: Warners contact player Alan Hale ("Ox Smith") appears in "Valley of the Giants," while his son, Alan, jr plays "Tiny" in "The Big Trees."


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