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Valley of the Sun (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Western | 6 February 1942 (USA)
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:

Horace McCoy (screen play), Clarence Budington Kelland (Saturday Evening Post story)
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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
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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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A MIGHTY CAVALCADE OF THUNDERING ACTION SWEEPS ACROSS THE SCREEN IN THIS THRILLING SAGA OF AMERICA'S FRONTIER DAYS...(original Card A poster - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Western

Certificate:

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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

The Wedding March
(1843)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Strains played in the score right before the end
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More peculiar than entertaining...
19 July 2008 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Curious head-scratcher of a western directed by George Marshall features James Craig as a drifter in 1868 Tucson who disrupts the wedding of feisty barmaid Lucille Ball, later stopping a war between the white man and an Apache Indian tribe! Lucy-completists will want to take a look, but this may be one example of why her movie-career never caught fire. The picture is just a second-string quickie, despite writers Clarence Budington Kelland and Horace McCoy tossing in some comedic overtones (which help). Unfortunately, it just doesn't add up to much. I'd trade all those tumbleweeds for a cameo by William Frawley. ** from ****


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