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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

Writers:

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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Mountainous thrills! Wild adventure! ...plunging them ever deeper into desperate danger ! (original lobby card) See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deep Valley See more »

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Production Co:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Initially envisioned as a project for Ann Sheridan, Humphrey Bogart and John Garfield according to contemporary press sources. See more »

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Timid love story, oddly lax but often lovely...
11 March 2008 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Director Jean Negulesco always worked well with actresses and had a pretty eye for story detail, yet his visual flair never compensated for his narrative structure, which was shaky and lacking both suspense and (when needed) a touch of light relief. The intensity of his films usually slipped right through his hands, which is why "Deep Valley" is only good up to a point. Ida Lupino stars as a backwoods farm girl who falls in love for the first time with convict Dane Clark, who just escaped from a work camp. Handsome, well-written drama combines adventure and romance, though Lupino is ultimately too refined and intelligent to be convincing as a stutter-prone illiterate. Her performance improves as the picture continues, but Clark has the opposite problem: he strains too hard for effect, though his inadequacy is nearly poignant. Negulesco, true to form, smoothly transports the viewer back to another time and place, but the picture is so tremulous it tends to fade in the memory. **1/2 from ****


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