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Valley of the Sun (1942)

In 1868, Army scout Johnny Ware is courtmartialed for helping Indians against their white oppressors, but escapes and finds himself in the hamlet of Desert Center. There, he crosses paths ... See full summary »

Director:

George Marshall

Writers:

Clarence Budington Kelland (story), Horace McCoy (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lucille Ball ... Christine Larson
James Craig ... Jonathan Ware
Cedric Hardwicke ... Lord Warrick (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Dean Jagger ... Jim Sawyer
Peter Whitney ... Willie
Billy Gilbert ... Judge Homer Burnaby
Tom Tyler ... Geronimo
Antonio Moreno ... Chief Cochise
George Cleveland ... Bill Yard
Hank Bell ... Hank - Shotgun Guard
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Storyline

In 1868, Army scout Johnny Ware is courtmartialed for helping Indians against their white oppressors, but escapes and finds himself in the hamlet of Desert Center. There, he crosses paths with Christine Larson who is about to marry one of the crooked Indian agents...but not if Johnny can help it. The film lapses frequently into comedy, with an action climax as our hero tries to head off an incipient Indian war. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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TOLD AGAINST BACKGROUND OF STAGGERING GRANDEUR! (original poster - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El valle del sol See more »

Filming Locations:

Arizona, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Bill Yard: There's only two ways to handle women...and nobody knows what they are.
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Crazy Credits

Listed also as cast members: "Indians from the pueblos of Taos, Santa Clara, Jemes, San Juan and Tesuque" See more »

Connections

Referenced in Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played at the wedding
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Another terrific George Marshall witty western
29 March 2005 | by 16mmRaySee all my reviews

Once again George Marshall, who directed DESTRY RIDES AGAIN, brings wit and sass to the old west. James Craig, who was a hit in the previous year's ALL THAT MONEY CAN BUY for RKO, does a fine job as the amiable hero. Lucille Ball displays a large amount of her comic abilities, both physical and character with some wonderful double takes. Even Dean Jagger, usually a very dour character indeed, has fun in VALLEY OF THE SUN. The story is slight, friend of the Indians tries to prevent the wedding of a girl he's met with the man who turns out to be the crooked Indian agent. More important than the actual plot are the progressive set pieces that evoke laughs and thrills. Billy Gilbert is a riot as the stuttering, sneezing (only one) judge; Cedric Hardwicke is an enigmatic immigrant; Antonio Moreno wears a false beak as the Indian chief; and western star Tom Tyler appears as Geronimo in a terrific scene where he challenges Craig. Seeing this movie puts the lie to all that hogwash that's been printed about Tyler having to play crippled Kharis in THE MUMMY'S HAND two years earlier because he himself was crippled with arthritis. Excellent musical score by Paul Sawtell is the icing on the cake.

I highly recommend this spirited horse opera.


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