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Deep Valley (1947)

Passed | | Action, Crime, Drama | 30 July 1947 (USA)
A farm girl falls in-love with a chain-gang convict working at a nearby highway construction site and sets-out to help him when he escapes.

Director:

Jean Negulesco

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Salka Viertel (screenplay), Stephen Morehouse Avery (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ida Lupino ... Libby Saul
Dane Clark ... Barry Burnette
Wayne Morris ... Jeff Barker
Fay Bainter ... Ellie Saul
Henry Hull ... Cliff Saul
Willard Robertson ... Sheriff Akers
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Uneducated and poor, Libby lives a sheltered life in a broken down shack with her unloving parents. When a work crew of San Quentin convicts arrives to put in a new road, she takes an interest in Barry, a wild and uncontrollable young man. Despite the advances of upstanding engineer Jeff Barker, Libby opts for Barry and helps hide him when he escapes. However, with the posse hunting she can't hide him forever. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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TORRENTS OF EXCITEMENT ROARING OUT OF THIS VALLEY OF VIOLENCE! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1947 (USA) See more »

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Das tiefe Tal See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecast of this film took place in Tucson Wednesday 22 August 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Cincinnati Monday 10 September 1956 on WKRC (Channel 12), in Los Angeles Monday 8 October 1956 on KNXT (Channel 2), and in Salt Lake City Wednesday 26 December 1956 on KUTV (Channel 2). See more »

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Intense, moody melodrama with strong performance by Lupino...
10 May 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Ida Lupino was nearing the end of her Warner Bros. career when she did 'Deep Valley' with Dane Clark, Wayne Morris, Fay Bainter and Henry Hull. Sensitively directed by Jean Negulesco (who did 'Johnny Belinda'), she is a repressed farm girl with a speech impediment who befriends an escaped convict (Dane Clark). She blossoms as romance slowly develops, his love helping her to emerge from her shell, away from her bickering, embittered parents (Hull and Bainter).

A forgotten film, it derives much of its power from Ida Lupino's intense, believable performance in a strongly sympathetic role as the girl who is cured of her affliction by the love of a convict. It has the same kind brooding atmosphere that director Jean Negulesco would bring to 'Johnny Belinda' the following year. Variety called it "a first-class melodrama marked by distinctive performances". Jack Warner was so impressed, he wanted Lupino to extend her contract but she refused, tired of being treated as a second-class Bette Davis. She turned her back on the studio, intent on finding artistic freedom elsewhere.

Unfortunately, the film itself has become one of those "lost between the cracks" kind of things instead of being released to video. It was a bit too bleak and perhaps too downbeat to achieve any sort of popularity at the box-office and it's really too slim a story to sustain a one hour and forty-four minute running time. However, Ida's luminous performance makes it worth catching. Wayne Morris is wasted in a supporting role but Dane Clark does well with the male lead.


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