Valley of the Giants (film)
Valley of the Giants is a 1938 American Technicolor adventure film directed by William Keighley, written by Seton I. Miller and Michael Fessier, and starring Wayne Morris, Claire Trevor, Frank McHugh, Alan Hale Sr., Donald Crisp, and Charles Bickford. It is based on the novel The Valley of the Giants by Peter B. Kyne. The film was released by Warner Bros. on September 17, 1938.
|Valley of the Giants|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||William Keighley|
|Produced by||Louis F. Edelman|
|Screenplay by||Seton I. Miller|
|Based on||The Valley of the Giants|
by Peter B. Kyne
Alan Hale Sr.
|Music by||Adolph Deutsch|
|Edited by||Jack Killifer|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
Bill Cardigan (Wayne Morris) owns a large portion of the California Redwoods. Howard Fallon (Charles Bickford) along with Hendricks (John Litel), Lee Roberts (Claire Trevor), Ed Morell (Jack La Rue) and Fingers McCarthy (Frank McHugh) go to California and try to procure Bill's land. Howard finds out about Bill's large bank debt, and now has a way to get ownership of the forest. Accidentally the claims Howard had towards the land get destroyed in a fire giving Bill a chance to reclaim ownership. Bill must get his lumber cut and shipped within six weeks. Howard attempts to stop Bill by destroying the railroad, damming the river and locking him and Lee in the caboose of the train and sending it towards the destroyed track. Fallon gets captured and surrenders to Bill, giving him back his land.
- Wayne Morris as Bill Cardigan
- Claire Trevor as Lee Roberts
- Frank McHugh as 'Fingers' McCarthy
- Alan Hale Sr. as 'Ox' Smith
- Donald Crisp as Andy Stone
- Charles Bickford as Howard Fallon
- Jack La Rue as Ed Morrell
- John Litel as Hendricks
- Dick Purcell as Creel
- El Brendel as 'Fats'
- Russel Simpson as McKenzie
- Cy Kendall as Sheriff Grabber
- Harry Cording as Greer
- Wade Boteler as Joe Lorimer
- Helen MacKellar as Mrs. Lorimer
- Addison Richards as Hewitt
- Jerry Colonna as Saloon Singer
The film was shot on locations in Humboldt County, California.
This is the third film version of the 1919 novel with a 1919 film directed by James Cruze and a 1927 remake directed by Charles Brabin. The original film was lost up until 2010 when the film was presented to the Library of Congress by the Russian film archive Gosfilmofond.
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