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The Proud Valley (1940)

Not Rated | | Drama, Music | 6 April 1940 (UK)
In a Welsh coal mining valley, a young man with a beautiful singing voice is called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice when a pit disaster threatens.


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Herbert Marshall (based on the story by), Alfredda Brilliant (based on the story by) | 3 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Paul Robeson ... David
Edward Chapman ... Dick Parry
Simon Lack Simon Lack ... Emlyn Parry
Rachel Thomas Rachel Thomas ... Mrs. Parry
Edward Rigby ... Bert
Dilys Thomas Dilys Thomas ... Dilys
Janet Johnson Janet Johnson ... Gwen Owen
Charles Williams Charles Williams ... Evans
Jack Jones Jack Jones ... Thomas
Dilys Davies Dilys Davies ... Mrs. Owen
Clifford Evans ... Seth Jones
Allan Jeayes ... Mr. Trevor (as Alan Jeayes)
George Merritt ... Mr. Lewis
Edward Lexy ... Commissionaire


In a Welsh coal mining valley, a young man with a beautiful singing voice is called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice when a pit disaster threatens. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Miners in the Uk got a £2 billion payout for sufferers of bronchitis and emphysema. If anyone had already died of the symptoms widows were given the payout or their children if both parents had passed. Another £500 million was paid to those with 'White Finger' gained by excessive use of drilling tools. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: South Wales 1938 See more »


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The Proud Valley is one of Paul Robeson's finest achievements
12 February 2008 | by tavmSee all my reviews

In reviewing the achievements of African-Americans on film in chronological order for Black History Month, we're now at 1940 with the entry of The Proud Valley, considered by star Paul Robeson as his favorite. In this one, he's an American named David Goliah coming to Wales to find a job. After hearing his voice from outside the window while conducting his chorus in rehearsal, Mr. Parry (Edward Chapman) manages to convince David to sing in his choir and gets him a job at the mines where he also works. His son, Emlyn (Simon Lack) also works there and is engaged to Gwen Owen (Janet Johnson). I'll stop there and mention that Robeson is in fine form musically especially when he sings "Deep River" that sends chills down the spine. Perhaps because of his color, his character is sometimes in the background but by the end he does become essential. So for him, I'd definitely recommend The Proud Valley.

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Release Date:

6 April 1940 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tunnel See more »

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Production Co:

CAPAD, Ealing Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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