Vengeance Valley (1951)

Unrated  |   |  Western  |  1951 (UK)
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The sons of a Colorado cattle baron, one biological and the other adopted, resent one another and fight for control of their father's cattle empire.



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Complete credited cast:
Owen Daybright
Lee Strobie
Jen Strobie
Hub Fasken
Carleton Carpenter ...
Arch Strobie
Herb Backett (as Ted De Corsia)
Dick Fasken
Mr. Willoughby
Grayce Mills ...
Mrs. Burke (as Grace Mills)
Jim Hayward ...
Con Alvis (as James Hayward)
James Harrison ...
Orv Esterly
Stanley Andrews ...
Mead Calhoun
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Margaret Bert ...
Mrs. Calhoun (scenes deleted)


A cattle baron takes in an orphaned boy and raises him, causing his own son to resent the boy. As they get older the resentment festers into hatred, and eventually the real son frames his stepbrother for fathering an illegitimate child that is actually his, seeing it as an opportunity to get his half-brother out of the way so he can have his father's empire all to himself. Written by

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1951 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

La vallée de la vengeance  »

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$1,008,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This is one of a handful of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer productions of the 1950-1951 period whose original copyrights were never renewed and are now apparently in Public Domain; for this reason this title is now offered, often in very inferior copies, at bargain prices, by numerous VHS and DVD distributors who do not normally handle copyrighted or Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer material. See more »


This is a possible error. I say possibly because I don't know for sure the seating arrangement on the type of seaplane show in the clip. Miss Froman's plane and the plane in the clip was a Boeing 314 Clipper. But the sitting arrangements in the cabin of the plane resemble a Boeing DC-3. I've flown on a DC-3 and they have a single row of front facing seats on the starboard side of the plane. And a double row of seats on the left. While the Boeing 314 had about twice as many seats available. The seats were arranged like train car seats Each pair or triplet of seats faced the other (banquette style). The cabin used for this film did not resemble a clipper cabin. See more »


[first lines]
Hewie: I got a story to tell - a yarn about cow country, cow punchers and men. I was workin' for the Strobie Ranch, a trade of worn leather and saddle blisters and brandin' irons. A trade with some song, some fun and some luck. It was as good a job as a man could ask for. Lonely sometimes and cold - so much distance you'd have thought you'd never get back - but for me, a young kid, it was a fine time. Memories are mostly good. You're up on top of the world where the air is clean and thin ...
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All for the love of a girl.
24 January 2004 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

The prolific and dependable director Richard Thorpe directs Burt Lancaster in his first western. Not your typical sagebrush drama. This "adult" western deals with family dysfunction and illegitimate birth. An "up and up" ranch foreman(Lancaster) and his half-brother(Robert Walker)who both are in love with a cafe waitress(Sally Forrest)go gunning for the man who fathered her new born child. Well photographed on location outside Canyon City, Colorado. The interest in this film fades as the story progresses. Standout supporting cast features: Joanne Dru, John Ireland, Hugh O'Brian and Carleton Carpenter. Of note: One fourth of Lancaster's career would be westerns.

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