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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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TOLD AGAINST BACKGROUND OF STAGGERING GRANDEUR! (original 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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Justice for the Indians and marry Lucille Ball
8 February 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Valley Of The Sun is an offbeat comic western that stars Lucille Ball in a role you would normally see Dale Evans do over at Republic with Roy Rogers. But Lucy and the rest of the cast acquit themselves well under the handling of director George Marshall.

Lucy runs the Busy Bee Cafe in Yuma where she's all set to marry Indian agent Dean Jagger who makes a nice living cheating the Indians. That was a great racket in the old west and who's to complain as they don't have the right to vote as yet. Army scout James Craig cares however, but he's had to bust jail after helping a couple of falsely accused Apaches escape.

In making his escape Craig runs into both Lucy and Jagger and then has a dual mission to stop that wedding and get some justice for the Indians. Do you doubt he will succeed?

This western moves at a really nice clip with the comedy some of the rough house kind like Jagger having a stagecoach run over some cactus to dislodge Craig who is riding by hanging on to the boot. Nevermind though Craig pays him back good in stopping that wedding and I won't reveal how.

George Marshall was one of the great comic directors from the last century and never gets the due that he should. This minor picture for RKO shows him at his best.

I remember back in the day in New York City when I was a kid, Valley Of The Sun was run frequently on WOR TV as they owned the entire RKO Library. It seems to have fallen out of favor in the past several years though for reasons I can't explain. This is a really fine film.


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