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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.



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Ed Morrell (as Jack LaRue)


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

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17 September 1938 (USA)  »

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La vallée des géants  »

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1.37 : 1
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Nitrate and safety prints of this film survive in the UCLA Film and Television Archives. See more »


'Ox' Smith: C'mon you bo-hunks. Let's get a move on!
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Referenced in The Film Fan (1939) See more »


Music by Jean Schwartz
Lyrics by William Jerome
Sung by the drunk men as they enter the Milwaukee saloon
Also played when Steve tells Lee that he wants her to start right away
Whistled by Fingers in the covered wagon
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Wayne Morris, He-Man
8 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

This overproduced Big Trees Epic from Warners in 1938 is given the full production treatment: Technicolor, script by Seton Miller and a cast so immense that Charles Bickford is placed near the bottom of the on-screen cast list. But the actor at the center of this epic is Wayne Morris, who was a reasonably capable actor whose specialty was the Naive Young Stiff.... and a role like this calls for a sense of power and confidence that he does not not show in this role.

As for the other actors, the pleasures of watching them is muted. Charles Bickford is given a limited range of emotion: he runs the gamut from greedy to mean and back again. Claire Trevor plays her usual hooker with a heart of gold, and the other actors, given their fourteen seconds of screen time each, cannot do much. Given my general level of irritation even the Technicolor winds up annoying me: the working loggers always seem to be wearing fresh-laundered, crisply maintained clothes.

Director William Keighley was an effective director for the fast-moving Warner Bs, but he always seemed out of depth in these super-production. Look at stuff like BULLETS OR BALLOTS or the crisply turned farce of BROTHER RAT, not this.

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