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Release Date:
25 April 1952 (USA) See more »
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Filmed in the icy wilderness of the perilous Arctic See more »
Plot:
A Norwegian scientist builds a device that can convert sound waves into electrical energy. However,... See more » | Add synopsis »
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DVD Review - Valley of Eagles (1951)
 (From Flickeringmyth. 24 February 2014, 4:53 AM, PST)

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An exciting espionage thriller that decides to become a plodding, boring wilderness "adventure" after ten minutes See more (9 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Jack Warner ... Inspector Peterson

Nadia Gray ... Kara Niemann

John McCallum ... Dr. Nils Ahlen

Anthony Dawson ... Sven Nystrom
Mary Laura Wood ... Helga Ahlen

Naima Wifstrand ... Baroness Erland

Norman Macowan ... McTavis, ferry pilot (as Norman MacOwan)
Alfred Maurstad ... Trerik

Martin Boddey ... Chief of the Lost Valley

Christopher Lee ... Det. Holt

Ewen Solon ... Det. Anderson
Gösta Cederlund ... Prof. Lind
Sten Lindgren ... Director-General of the Research Inst.
Kurt-Olof Sundström
Peter Blitz ... Anders
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fritiof Billquist ... Colonel Strand (uncredited)
Sarah Crawford ... Noma (uncredited)
Holger Kax ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Natasha Sokolova ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Molly Warner ... Frau Lind (uncredited)
George Willoughby ... Bertil (uncredited)

Directed by
Terence Young 
 
Writing credits
Nat A. Bronstein (original story) (as N.A. Bronsten) and
Paul Tabori (original story)

Terence Young (written by)

Produced by
Nat A. Bronstein .... producer (as Nat Bronsten)
George Willoughby .... associate producer (as George W. Willoughby)
Robert L. Lippert .... executive producer (uncredited on UK print)
 
Original Music by
Nino Rota 
 
Cinematography by
Harry Waxman (lighting cameraman)
 
Film Editing by
Lito Carruthers 
 
Art Direction by
J. Elder Wills 
 
Makeup Department
George Blackler .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Kenneth Horne .... production manager (as Ken Horne)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Basil Keys .... assistant director
Denis O'Dell .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Graeme Hamilton .... sound editor
W.H. Lindop .... sound (as W. Lindop)
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound (as Gordon McCallum)
 
Special Effects by
Philippo Guidobaldi .... special effects (as Guidobaldi)
Bill Warrington .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Bawden .... camera operator (as Jim Bawden)
Gunnar Melle .... additional mountain photography
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... music director
 
Other crew
Helge Lund .... animal director
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Also Known As:
"Valley of Eagles" - UK (original title)
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Runtime:
86 min | USA:82 min | West Germany:78 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Finland:S | Sweden:15 | UK:PG (DVD) | UK:U (passed with cuts) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #15120) | West Germany:12
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
An exciting espionage thriller that decides to become a plodding, boring wilderness "adventure" after ten minutes, 19 April 2005
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

When Dr Nils Ahlen develops a device that can capture and utilise the energy of sound he naturally becomes the target of the government, be it in the energy field or weapons development. Having convinced his employers of his discovery, Ahlen returns to his home to get his full files only to find that his wife and his partner have gone missing – along with information vital to the development of the technology. With the help of the local police (Inspector Peterson), Ahlen sets out after the two to prevent them getting the information into the hands of the Russians.

In the opening ten minutes of this film things look good – the tone is dark, the wartime plot looks like it will produce a slick and exciting conspiracy/chase thriller and I must admit I settled down for a good "romp". However, not long into the chase the film decides to dump all this silly stuff and becomes some sort of wilderness adventure instead. At this point I tried to stay with the film but it became too stodgy and uninteresting for its own good and the melodrama of the whole affair failed to engage me. The script is pretty talky and, without character development, it didn't keep me with it; instead it throws in wolves and vultures and elements of "savage" life but not in such a way that is fun or entertaining in any sense of the word.

The cast can't do much with it and they come off pretty clunky and wooden. McCallum and Warner have the hardest jobs as they try to lead the film but, from their performances I can only assume that they were as unconvinced and as bored by the whole thing as I was. Dawson and Wood have potentially interesting characters and Wood does have some good scenes but the film doesn't help her by developing those around her to support her emotions within her marriage. The direction is OK but the stock footage is far too obvious and obtrusive.

Overall this starts out well but then becomes a plodding adventure story in the snowy wilderness; near the end it tries to look at the emotions of Ahlen's marriage briefly but it doesn't spend the time on it that that thread deserved. The end result showed potential but the majority of it is boring and flat and produced a film that is watchable at points but mostly not really worth a look.

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