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Valley of Hate (1924)

A wealthy young man in South Carolina inherits property in a valley he has never seen. He goes there to inspect his new holdings and is mistaken for a revenue officer by the native ... See full summary »

Director:

Russell Allen

Writers:

George Hively, Harry MacPherson (story)
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Raymond McKee ... Harvey Swope
Helen Ferguson ... Milly Hendricks
Earl Metcalfe ... Lem Darley
Wilfred Lucas ... Old Jim Darley
Ralph Yearsley Ralph Yearsley ... Bob Darley
Helen Lynch ... Maurine Foster
Frank Whitson Frank Whitson
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A wealthy young man in South Carolina inherits property in a valley he has never seen. He goes there to inspect his new holdings and is mistaken for a revenue officer by the native population, which supports itself by circumventing the Volstead Act. The young man falls in love with the ward of one of the moonshiners, and he eventually must fight another man to win her hand in marriage. Written by Pamela Short

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Drama

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City-boy falls for country-girl
13 January 2020 | by topitimo-829-270459See all my reviews

This b-production is by Russell Productions, a company that made a total of eight films, and is directed by Russell Allen, a helmer of two. It carries the dramatic-sounding title "Valley of Hate", but this is nothing quite so threatening. The film is set in the lands between North and South Carolina. This is a region where people live miles apart from one another, so much so, that the film, set in the modern-day, looks just like a western that simply lacks the props.

A young man (Raymond McKee) arrives to this region, because he has inherited a house. There he meets a beautiful girl (Helen Ferguson), who is the ward of an illegal moonshiner. An arranged marriage with an older man awaits for her, but of course things get complicated when she and the city-boy fall in love.

The narrative offers nothing surprising, but the film is only an hour. The leads are both attractive-looking people, though for a girl living in a sandpit the heroine of the picture looks way too polished, and has too much make-up to be believable in the role. Then again, this is a common sin for old Hollywood. It's okay, if you like silent romances, but you can easily find 10 better ones just from YouTube alone.


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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

20 June 1924 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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