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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... David
... Dick Parry
Simon Lack ... Emlyn Parry
Rachel Thomas ... Mrs. Parry
... Bert
Dilys Thomas ... Dilys
Janet Johnson ... Gwen Owen
Charles Williams ... Evans
Jack Jones ... Thomas
Dilys Davies ... Mrs. Owen
... Seth Jones
Allan Jeayes ... Mr. Trevor (as Alan Jeayes)
... Mr. Lewis
... Commissionaire
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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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This film's earliest documented telecast occurred Monday 18 June 1945 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). See more »

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Opening credits prologue: South Wales 1938 See more »

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Featured in Arena: Cinema (1977) See more »

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O God, Our Help in Ages Past
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Music by William Croft
Words by Isaac Watts
Arranged by Ernest Irving
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excellent thirties classic
24 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

Pen Tennyson's best remembered film of the three 1930s movies he made before being killed in action in the Second World War, ‘The Proud Valley' concerns a mining village in Wales which faces change on two fronts – first in finding a new singer for their choir (American bass-baritone Paul Robeson just happens to be passing through Wales looking for a place to work); and second in dealing with a major disaster in the mines.

While it may be stretching credibility to place Robeson in this setting, off the screen he developed a long-standing affinity with the people of Wales which lasted throughout his lifetime, and this was the one film he made of which he was truly proud. Whether singing ‘Deep River' with the choir, or working underground with his comrades from the village, he fits in just fine. There is a strong number of character actors in support. Little seen but unlike any other film, ‘The Proud Valley' is a fine testament both to British film-making and the huge community spirit of the Valleys.


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