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The Proud Valley
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6 April 1940 (UK) See more »
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In a Welsh coal mining valley, a young man with a beautiful singing voice is called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice when a pit disaster threatens. See more » | Add synopsis »
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All Lovers of Music Should See this Film See more (10 total) »

Cast

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Paul Robeson ... David Goliath
Edward Chapman ... Dick Parry
Simon Lack ... Emlyn Parry
Rachel Thomas ... Mrs. Parry
Dilys Thomas ... Dilys Parry
Edward Rigby ... Bert
Janet Johnson ... Gwen Owen
Charles Williams ... Evans
Jack Jones ... Thomas
Dilys Davies ... Mrs. Katherine Owen
Clifford Evans ... Seth Jones
Allan Jeayes ... Mr. Trevor
George Merritt ... Mr. Lewis
Edward Lexy ... Commissionaire
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Glyn-Jones ... Mr. Howes - Collector (uncredited)
Noel Howlett ... Company Clerk (uncredited)
Roddy Hughes ... Lloyd - Miner (uncredited)
Mike Johnson ... Cage Operator (uncredited)
Edward Keyes ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Leslie Phillips ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Grant Sutherland ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Harry Terry ... Miner (uncredited)
Ronald Ward ... Sir John (uncredited)
Babette Washington ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ben Williams ... Will Morgan (uncredited)
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Directed by
Pen Tennyson  (as Penrose Tennyson)
 
Writing credits
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Alfredda Brilliant  story
Louis Golding  (as Louis Goulding)
Jack Jones 
Herbert Marshall  story "David Goliath"
Roland Pertwee 
Pen Tennyson 

Produced by
Michael Balcon .... producer
Sergei Nolbandov .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
Roy Kellino 
Glen MacWilliams 
 
Film Editing by
Ray Pitt 
 
Art Direction by
Wilfred Shingleton  (as Wilfrid Shingleton)
 
Makeup Department
Heinrich Heitfeld .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Frederick James .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
L.C. Rudkin .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Eric Williams .... sound
Stephen Dalby .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Wilfrid Newton .... still photographer (uncredited)
Jeff Seaholme .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ernest Irving .... music arranger
Ernest Irving .... musical director
Ernest Irving .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
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Also Known As:
"The Tunnel" - USA (reissue title)
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76 min
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
All Lovers of Music Should See this Film, 6 July 2006
Author: loza-1

Don't get me wrong, I liked the film. The story, of an African-American who finds himself working in the pits in Wales, is perfectly passable, and was as leftwards as it was going to get to thread its way through the British film censors. But we know what we are going to watch this film for - to hear Paul Robeson sing.

During the 1980s, the British Bass, Robert Lloyd, listed his big four bass singers of all time. Robeson was among them. (The others were Fyodor Shalyapin, Cesare Siepi and Ezzio Pinza.) The BBC2 programme he did this for, also featured a few seconds of footage from proud valley.

The big scene comes just after his friend has been killed in a mining accident. The local Eisteddfod - a Welsh festival of music and poetry - takes place. Robeson gets up and sings "Deep River". I have heard Robeson's 78 rpm recording of this song. This version is nothing like it. It is magnificent. As Robeson performs, the shivers go up the spine and the tears come rolling down the cheeks. This is so good that only Paderewski's performance in "Moonlight Sonata" can be compared to it.

Because of this performance, no one who watches this film will be disappointed.

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