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Unknown Valley (1933)

 |  Western  |  5 May 1933 (USA)
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Looking for his missing father, Joe Gordon heads into the desert where Elders from a secret village find him unconscious. Attracted to Sheilla O'Neill, the two plan an escape from the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Joe Gordon (as Charles Buck Jones)
Cecilia Parker ...
Sheila O'Neill
Wade Boteler ...
Elder Crossett
Frank McGlynn Sr. ...
Head Elder (as Frank McGlynn)
Elder Snead
Arthur Wanzer ...
Alfred P. James ...
Pop Gordon (as Alf James)
Bret Black ...
Shad O'Neill, Sheila's Brother
Carlota Warwick ...
Mary James (as Carlotta Warwick)


Looking for his missing father, Joe Gordon heads into the desert where Elders from a secret village find him unconscious. Attracted to Sheilla O'Neill, the two plan an escape from the village where no one is allowed to leave. But then he learns his father is being held prisoner and finding him, he is also made a prisoner. Written by Maurice VanAuken <>

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Quick on the Draw - And He Always 'Gets' His Man!







Release Date:

5 May 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Vale da Morte  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over a hundred Columbia features, mostly Westerns, sold to Hygo Television Films in the 1950s, who marketed them under the name of Gail Pictures; opening credits were redesigned, with some titles misspelled, the credit order of the players rearranged, some names misspelled, and new end titles attached, thus eliminating any evidence of their Columbia roots. Apparently, the original material was not retained in most of the cases, and the films have survived, even in the Sony library, only with these haphazardly created replacement opening and end credits. See more »

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Buck Jones held captive in an unknown valley bordered by desert
2 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Unknown Valley" is a thoroughly enjoyable western with an original story. It's executed smoothly and looks great on the screen, with that certain light that occurs in a good many such westerns of the 30s and 40s. Buck Jones sets off to find his missing dad who went out gold prospecting some months back and hasn't been heard from. He has to cross an imposing desert and looks to expire. However, people from an isolated religious sect rescue him. The catch is that they won't let him go because they don't want others from the outside world to learn about them and corrupt their community. Jones needs allies. He'd like to escape, but he still hasn't found out about his pop. Not all is well within this valley. The elders rule with ironclad rules and some of the younger people are restless. Not all the elders are as upstanding as they make out to be.

This is a solid b-western with a very different story line than the usual.

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