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Vengeance Valley (1951)

Unrated | | Western | 1951 (UK)
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
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 frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Based on the Thrilling novel and Saturday Evening Post serial by Luke Short See more »




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Release Date:

1951 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

La vallée de la vengeance  »

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Box Office


$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 »


[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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The prodigal son
15 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

A wealthy ranch man has a son ;his wife died a long time ago and the boy ,now married to Jen ,gets Lily pregnant.And he's got an ominous plan about his father's valuable properties.Bad boy indeed.Fortunately ,there's another "son" Owen (Daybright,what a surname!),or a boy the old man treats like a son.Robert Walker plays the villain as he did in Hitchcock's thriller "strangers on a train" while Burt Lancaster is the nice guy,who can even take the blame for what his pal did.

The bad boy/ anxious father subject was much better applied on Anthony Mann's "Man from Laramie" in 1955,but Burt Lancaster makes this ho -hum western watchable.Pointless voice over.

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