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Herbert Marshall (based on the story by) and
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Release Date:
6 April 1940 (UK) See more »
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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Paul Robeson ... David
Edward Chapman ... Dick Parry
Simon Lack ... Emlyn Parry
Rachel Thomas ... Mrs. Parry
Edward Rigby ... Bert
Dilys Thomas ... Dilys
Janet Johnson ... Gwen Owen
Charles Williams ... Evans
Jack Jones ... Thomas
Dilys Davies ... Mrs. Owen
Clifford Evans ... Seth Jones
Allan Jeayes ... Mr. Trevor (as Alan Jeayes)
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)

Directed by
Pen Tennyson 
Writing credits
Herbert Marshall (based on the story by) and
Alfredda Brilliant (based on the story by)

Pen Tennyson (screen play) &
Jack Jones (screen play) &
Louis Golding (screen play)

Roland Pertwee  uncredited

Produced by
Michael Balcon .... producer
Sergei Nolbandov .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Roy Kellino (photography)
Glen MacWilliams (photography) (as 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)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"The Tunnel" - USA (reissue title)
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76 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2010) | USA:Not Rated

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
excellent thirties classic, 24 July 2004
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

Pen Tennyson's best remembered film of the three 1930s movies he made before being killed in action in the Second World War, ‘The Proud Valley' concerns a mining village in Wales which faces change on two fronts – first in finding a new singer for their choir (American bass-baritone Paul Robeson just happens to be passing through Wales looking for a place to work); and second in dealing with a major disaster in the mines.

While it may be stretching credibility to place Robeson in this setting, off the screen he developed a long-standing affinity with the people of Wales which lasted throughout his lifetime, and this was the one film he made of which he was truly proud. Whether singing ‘Deep River' with the choir, or working underground with his comrades from the village, he fits in just fine. There is a strong number of character actors in support. Little seen but unlike any other film, ‘The Proud Valley' is a fine testament both to British film-making and the huge community spirit of the Valleys.

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