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Vengeance Valley (1951)

Approved | | Western | 5 May 1951 (UK)
The sons of a Colorado cattle baron, one biological and the other adopted, resent one another and fight for control of their father's cattle empire.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Irving Ravetch (screenplay), Luke Short (based on a novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Burt Lancaster ... Owen Daybright
Robert Walker ... Lee Strobie
Joanne Dru ... Jen Strobie
Sally Forrest ... Lily
John Ireland ... Hub Fasken
Carleton Carpenter ... Hewie
Ray Collins ... Arch Strobie
Ted de Corsia ... Herb Backett (as Ted De Corsia)
Hugh O'Brian ... Dick Fasken
Will Wright ... Mr. Willoughby
Grayce Mills Grayce Mills ... Mrs. Burke (as Grace Mills)
Jim Hayward Jim Hayward ... Con Alvis (as James Hayward)
James Harrison James Harrison ... Orv Esterly
Stanley Andrews ... Mead Calhoun
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Margaret Bert ... Mrs. Calhoun (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

A cattle baron takes in an orphaned boy and raises him, causing his own son to resent the boy. As they get older the resentment festers into hatred, and eventually the real son frames his stepbrother for fathering an illegitimate child that is actually his, seeing it as an opportunity to get his half-brother out of the way so he can have his father's empire all to himself. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1951 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

La vallée de la vengeance See more »

Filming Locations:

Coal Creek, Colorado, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,008,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,997,000, 31 December 1951

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,146,000, 31 December 1951
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Joanne Dru couldn't stand to be around horses, yet she is best known for her work in westerns. See more »

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[first lines]
Hewie: I got a story to tell - a yarn about cow country, cow punchers and men. I was workin' for the Strobie Ranch, a trade of worn leather and saddle blisters and brandin' irons. A trade with some song, some fun and some luck. It was as good a job as a man could ask for. Lonely sometimes and cold - so much distance you'd have thought you'd never get back - but for me, a young kid, it was a fine time. Memories are mostly good. You're up on top of the world where the air is clean and thin ...
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Another somebody done somebody wrong picture
13 December 2004 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Burt Lancaster usually played parts with a lot of depth to them, especially after From Here to Eternity. In fact other than Vengeance Valley, the only other film where he played a totally upright hero is Gunfight at the OK Corral.

He's the orphan kid that gets taken in by rancher Ray Collins who grows up and becomes foreman and companion to Robert Walker, Collins's real son. Walker is a spoiled kid and Lancaster is constantly cleaning up after him. Some of the same plot elements were used later in Man From Laramie and The Big Country.

Walker is both coming home to his wife,Joanne Dru and another girl he's fathered a kid with, Sally Forrest. Lancaster is caught taking hush money over to Forrest by her no-account brothers, John Ireland and Hugh O'Brian. They come to the conclusion that Lancaster has done the deed. That's where the action starts.

Good western with some adult themes. Cattle drive scenes are tough and gritty, they don't have the epic quality of Red River, but are nicely done. The players all give a good account of themselves.


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