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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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A film worth discovering. 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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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A film worth discovering., 25 June 2003
Author: philipdavies from United Kingdom

This film was recently shown to a large and very appreciative audience of all ages and backgrounds at the Paul Robeson Film Festival, organised by The National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales, a Department of The National Library of Wales (situated in the beautiful University town of Aberystwyth, on the mid-Wales coast).

It is full of wonderful, humane performances, has very exciting and exceptionally well-realized scenes of underground peril in the coal mines of South Wales (when we had such long-forgotten things as mines), and a social conscience clearly influenced by the Soviet workers' epics of the period. Add to the mix a degree of seriousness in the treatment of the lives and problems of working-class communities, and of the real-life Welsh experience, and also of the experience of blacks in the workplace, and one has an English-produced film probably unique in its period for the range of its sympathies. The coming war obviously put the English of the time on their honour!

Oh, yes - and the singing is very special, too!

Of course, worker-manager relations are idealised to a degree, but not so much as to suppress quite a number of uncomfortable truths, that must have had smug metropolitan audiences of the period squirming in their seats. Altogether, a much truer, and therefore finer, treatment of the Welsh mining experience than anything to be found in that overblown, overhyped confection, 'How green was my valley'.

Naturally, this excellent early Ealing feature is not generally available to the domestic market in Britain.

However, since we know the value of these things in Wales, I understand that our Sales Department at The National Library of Wales is usually able to supply individual video copies of the film! Interested parties should make enquires directly to that institution.

The Festival of films featuring Paul Robeson, of which the above is the first, continues in association with Aberystwyth Arts Centre Cinema until the 15th of July, 2003. The unreserved tickets are free. An interesting linked exhibition at The National Library of Wales, 'Let Paul Robeson Sing!', continues 'til the 25th of October 2003. The admission to this is also free.

I'm sure this information will be of interest to IMDB patrons.



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