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Valley of the Giants (1938)

A lumberman (Wayne Morris) and a gambling-house lady (Claire Trevor) thwart Easterners eyeing the California Redwoods.

Director:

William Keighley

Writers:

Seton I. Miller (screenplay), Michael Fessier (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wayne Morris ... Bill Cardigan
Claire Trevor ... Lee Roberts
Frank McHugh ... 'Fingers' McCarthy
Alan Hale ... 'Ox' Smith
Donald Crisp ... Andy Stone
Charles Bickford ... Howard Fallon
Jack La Rue ... Ed Morrell (as Jack LaRue)
John Litel ... Hendricks
Dick Purcell ... Creel
El Brendel ... 'Fats'
Russell Simpson ... McKenzie
Cy Kendall ... Sheriff Graber
Harry Cording ... Greer
Wade Boteler ... Joe Lorimer
Helen MacKellar ... Mrs. Lorimer
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Storyline

A lumberman (Wayne Morris) and a gambling-house lady (Claire Trevor) thwart Easterners eyeing the California Redwoods.

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Adventure

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La vallée des géants See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was remade in a black&white version in 1940 with the title "King of Lumberjacks". The two stories are very similar. They use all of the action footage from the train wreck. While substituting the 1940 actors for the 1938 actors during close-ups. In the 1940's version there wasn't bad guy as such. Just two men in love with the same woman. And one of the men is much older and only has one arm. See more »

Goofs

When Bill and Lee go on their fishing hike, after he helps her down from a giant log, a moving shadow of the boom microphone can be seen on the foliage to the right in the shot. See more »

Quotes

'Ox' Smith: C'mon you bo-hunks. Let's get a move on!
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Connections

Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Une vague nouvelle (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

A Bird in a Gilded Cage
(1900) (uncredited)
Music by Harry von Tilzer
Lyrics by Arthur J. Lamb
Sung by Jerry Colonna in the San Hedrin saloon
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history of the O-L-D california redwoods
21 March 2018 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

SO many big names in this one -- 28 year old Claire Trevor, Frank McHugh, Charles Bickford, and the amazing Alan Hale. Really interesting (to me) that they were realizing how important the redwoods were, back in 1902, or at least making a film about it in 1938. Not many people cared about conservation and saving resources back then. The actual Redwood National Park wasn't actually established until 1968! According to wikipedia, they first tried to establish a park in 1911, but it didn't take. If you read the opening title cards, you'll know the plot... all about the timber barons trying to cut down the redwoods, many of which were on private property, or on homesteaded land. And all in glorious Technicolor, a year before Wizard of Oz. That explains why everyone's hair is dyed henna red... so it'll show up nice and red! and the fun Jerry Colonna singing songs. Wayne Morris is "Cardigan", the big land-owner here, trying to protect his land from the cutters. Morris was a decorated war hero, but died quite young at 45. It's a pretty good film. With some history thrown in.


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