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.[1] The film was released by Warner Bros. on September 17, 1938.[2][3]

Valley of the Giants
Theatrical release poster
Directed byWilliam Keighley
Produced byLouis F. Edelman
Screenplay bySeton I. Miller
Michael Fessier
Based onThe Valley of the Giants
1918 novel
by Peter B. Kyne
StarringWayne Morris
Claire Trevor
Frank McHugh
Alan Hale Sr.
Donald Crisp
Charles Bickford
Music byAdolph Deutsch
CinematographySol Polito
Edited byJack Killifer
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • September 17, 1938 (1938-09-17)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited States


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.



The film was shot on locations in Humboldt County, California.[4]


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.[5]


  1. Keighley, William (1938). The Valley of the Giants. Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc .New York Film.
  2. "Valley of the Giants". 2016-05-01. Retrieved 2016-05-01.
  3. Hal Erickson. "Valley of the Giants (1938) - William Keighley | Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related". AllMovie. Retrieved 2016-05-01.
  4. Hesseltine, Cassandra. "Complete Filmography of Humboldt County". Humboldt Del Norte Film Commission. Humboldt Del Norte Film Commission. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  5. Gladysz, Thomas (October 26, 2010). "Once lost Northern California film now found". AXS Entertainment.
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