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Valley of the Sun (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Western | 6 February 1942 (USA)
In 1868, Army scout Johnny Ware is courtmartialed for helping Indians against their white oppressors, but escapes and finds himself in the hamlet of Desert Center. There, he crosses paths ... See full summary »

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Christine Larson
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Jonathan Ware
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Lord Warrick (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
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In 1868, Army scout Johnny Ware is courtmartialed for helping Indians against their white oppressors, but escapes and finds himself in the hamlet of Desert Center. There, he crosses paths with Christine Larson who is about to marry one of the crooked Indian agents...but not if Johnny can help it. The film lapses frequently into comedy, with an action climax as our hero tries to head off an incipient Indian war. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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A STALWART STORY OF STRUGGLE, HOPE, LOVE AND REVENGE IN THE SEETHING ARIZONA INDIAN COUNTRY! (original herald - all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Western

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6 February 1942 (USA)  »

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El valle del sol  »

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1.37 : 1
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Bill Yard: There's only two ways to handle women...and nobody knows what they are.
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Listed also as cast members: "Indians from the pueblos of Taos, Santa Clara, Jemes, San Juan and Tesuque" See more »

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Referenced in Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter (1991) See more »

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Battle Hymn of the Republic
(ca 1856)
Music by William Steffe
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe (1961)
In the score after the court-martial
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Lucille Ball In A Different Kind Of Role
30 April 2008 | by (Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

Not being a particular fan of westerns, I watched this primarily because I wanted to see Lucille Ball in something other than an "I Love Lucy" or "Lucy Show" type of role. Here she plays Christine Larson, owner of a saloon in the Arizona Territory in 1868 who's about to be married to the unscrupulous local Indian agent (Dean Jagger.) Ball's performance was OK - nothing really more than that; she didn't blow me away. It succeeded for me in that the role was very different from what I'm accustomed to seeing her in - there was very little of the outrageous physical comedy she later became famous for, although the movie tried to maintain a gently amusing feel throughout. (A typical funny line - "there's two ways to deal with women - and no one knows either one of them!") I didn't find the story all that compelling, although I appreciated that the Indians were shown as the victims of the Indian agent. There's typical shootout action and a lot of horses - your typical western in other words. As to Christine - we pretty much can guess from the beginning how her planned marriage is going to end up; it's just a question of how she's going to get there. If you like westerns, this would be a pretty typical one with a bit of humour thrown in. If you're not big on the genre, this will be lacking. I'm not big on the genre. 3/10


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