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Valley of the Giants (1938)

A lumberman (Wayne Morris) and a gambling-house lady (Claire Trevor) thwart Easterners eyeing the California Redwoods.

Director:

William Keighley

Writers:

Seton I. Miller (screenplay), Michael Fessier (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wayne Morris ... Bill Cardigan
Claire Trevor ... Lee Roberts
Frank McHugh ... 'Fingers' McCarthy
Alan Hale ... 'Ox' Smith
Donald Crisp ... Andy Stone
Charles Bickford ... Howard Fallon
Jack La Rue ... Ed Morrell (as Jack LaRue)
John Litel ... Hendricks
Dick Purcell ... Creel
El Brendel ... 'Fats'
Russell Simpson ... McKenzie
Cy Kendall ... Sheriff Graber
Harry Cording ... Greer
Wade Boteler ... Joe Lorimer
Helen MacKellar ... Mrs. Lorimer
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Storyline

A lumberman (Wayne Morris) and a gambling-house lady (Claire Trevor) thwart Easterners eyeing the California Redwoods.

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Adventure

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La vallée des géants See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was remade in a black&white version in 1940 with the title "King of Lumberjacks". The two stories are very similar. They use all of the action footage from the train wreck. While substituting the 1940 actors for the 1938 actors during close-ups. In the 1940's version there wasn't bad guy as such. Just two men in love with the same woman. And one of the men is much older and only has one arm. See more »

Goofs

When Bill and Lee go on their fishing hike, after he helps her down from a giant log, a moving shadow of the boom microphone can be seen on the foliage to the right in the shot. See more »

Quotes

'Ox' Smith: C'mon you bo-hunks. Let's get a move on!
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Connections

Edited from God's vrije natuur en de vrouw (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Bedelia
(uncredited)
Music by Jean Schwartz
Lyrics by William Jerome
Sung by the drunk men as they enter the Milwaukee saloon
Also played when Steve tells Lee that he wants her to start right away
Whistled by Fingers in the covered wagon
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31 May 2011 | by cjshank25See all my reviews

Out of the two dozen films I watched this past weekend, this was the one I enjoyed the most. It is early technicolor and seeing the magnificent redwood trees was great. Wayne Morris delivers in the role of the timberman who has 21st century conservation values of not cutting too much and reforestation. Bickford is okay as the greedy villain. Claire Trevor is in cohoots with Bickford at the beginning but switches sides near the end. Alan Hale is a joy in his role as Ox and a real scene stealer. I believe I caught my favorite - Clem Bevans - in just a few seconds of screen time and Jerry Colona was a saloon singer extraordinaire. Other familiar character actors included Russell Simpson, Frank McHugh, Donald Crisp, and John Litel. This film is a treasure trove of character actors.


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