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Secret Valley (1937)

 -  Western  -  15 January 1937 (USA)
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Rancher entertains girl in Nevada to get a divorce. Then her gangster husband shows up.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Lee Rogers
Virginia Grey ...
Joan Carlo
Norman Willis ...
Nick Collins aka Howard Carlo
Russell Hicks ...
Syd Saylor ...
Paddy (as Sid Saylor)
Jack Mulhall ...
Lawyer James Parker
Maude Allen ...
Mrs. Hogan
Willie Fung ...
Tabasco the Cook
Charles Delaney ...
Federal Investigator
Al Hill ...
Henchman Chance
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Rancher Lee Rogers allows Jean Carlo/Collins to hide out on his Reno ranch until she can get a divorce from racketeer "Slick" Collins, who tricked her into a marriage. She accompanies Lee on a cattle round-up and innocently causes a stampede that puts Lee into danger of losing his ranch, due to the crooked work of lawyer Austin Martin who is in league with Collins. Jean gives a check to Lee's friend, Russell Parker, to pay off the note and makes him pretend he has arranged a loan from the bank. Collins and his henchmen catch up with Jean, and fearing that her husband will kill Lee, she agrees to accompany him back to New York. But Federal Men are on the trail of Collins for income-tax evasion. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A FIGHTING FOOL OF THE RANGES CRACKS DOWN ON RACKETEER RATS! (original ad - all caps)

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Approved
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15 January 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gangster's Bride  »

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(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Should have qualified for an annulment
6 June 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Secret Valley probably got a lot more exposure than most B films of its kind due to producer Sol Lesser getting major studio 20th Century Fox to release this film. Darryl Zanuck must have owed Sol Lesser a big favor.

Still Secret Valley is a run of the mill modern western set in Nevada where Virginia Grey has gone for a divorce from gangster Norman Willis. As she explains to the first lawyer she consults Russell Hicks, they were married only two hours before she found out who and what he was. That should have qualified for an annulment.

When her second lawyer Jack Mulhall suggests her hiding out at a friend's ranch as opposed to some dude ranch that caters to folks establishing residence to take advantage of Nevada's divorce laws, it's Richard Arlen's place she winds up at.

Secret Valley was once again one of those films that had potential had it been done at a major studio with better care. It lurches from comedy to drama without any smooth transition. Still it does have some good moments. A lot of the comedy provided by Arlen's Chinese cook Willie Fung.

Secret Valley is an all right film, but nothing to get up at three in the morning to catch.


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