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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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Bill Cardigan
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Lee Roberts
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'Fingers' McCarthy
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'Ox' Smith
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Andy Stone
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Howard Fallon
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Ed Morrell (as Jack LaRue)
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Hendricks
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Creel
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'Fats'
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McKenzie
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Sheriff Graber
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Greer
Wade Boteler ...
Joe Lorimer
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Mrs. Lorimer
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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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Nitrate and safety prints of this film survive in the UCLA Film and Television Archives. See more »

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Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Une vague nouvelle (1998) 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 (United States) – See 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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