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Valley of the Giants (1938)

Passed | | Adventure | 17 September 1938 (USA)
A lumberman (Wayne Morris) and a gambling-house lady (Claire Trevor) thwart Easterners eyeing the California Redwoods.


William Keighley


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




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


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

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This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Tucson Thursday 23 August 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9), in Albuquerque Monday 17 September 1956 on KOAT (Channel 7), in Cincinnati Wednesday 10 October 1956 on WKRC (Channel 12), in San Francisco Friday 12 October 1956 on KPIX (Channel 5), in New York City Sunday 28 October 1956 on WABD (Channel 5), and in Phoenix Thursday 8 November 1956 on KVAR (Channel 12). At this time, color broadcasting was in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so vintage film showings were still in B&W. Most viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later. However, this film was lucky enough to be included in a series of vintage titles from the WB film library colorcast in Honolulu , and was first seen there "living color" [sic] Thursday 27 November 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13). See more »


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 »


'Ox' Smith: C'mon you bo-hunks. Let's get a move on!
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Remade as Trial by Trigger (1944) See more »


Music by Jean Schwartz
Lyrics by William Jerome
Sung by the drunk men as they enter the Milwaukee saloon
Also played when Steve tells Lee that he wants her to start right away
Whistled by Fingers in the covered wagon
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31 May 2011 | by cjshank25See all my reviews

Out of the two dozen films I watched this past weekend, this was the one I enjoyed the most. It is early technicolor and seeing the magnificent redwood trees was great. Wayne Morris delivers in the role of the timberman who has 21st century conservation values of not cutting too much and reforestation. Bickford is okay as the greedy villain. Claire Trevor is in cohoots with Bickford at the beginning but switches sides near the end. Alan Hale is a joy in his role as Ox and a real scene stealer. I believe I caught my favorite - Clem Bevans - in just a few seconds of screen time and Jerry Colona was a saloon singer extraordinaire. Other familiar character actors included Russell Simpson, Frank McHugh, Donald Crisp, and John Litel. This film is a treasure trove of character actors.

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Release Date:

17 September 1938 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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