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Valley of the Sun (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Western | 6 February 1942 (USA)
In 1868, Army scout Johnny Ware is courtmartialed for helping Indians against their white oppressors, but escapes and finds himself in the hamlet of Desert Center. There, he crosses paths ... See full summary »

Director:

George Marshall

Writers:

Horace McCoy (screen play), Clarence Budington Kelland (Saturday Evening Post story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lucille Ball ... Christine Larson
James Craig ... Jonathan Ware
Cedric Hardwicke ... Lord Warrick (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Dean Jagger ... Jim Sawyer
Peter Whitney ... Willie
Billy Gilbert ... Judge Homer Burnaby
Tom Tyler ... Geronimo
Antonio Moreno ... Chief Cochise
George Cleveland ... Bill Yard
Hank Bell ... Hank
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Storyline

In 1868, Army scout Johnny Ware is courtmartialed for helping Indians against their white oppressors, but escapes and finds himself in the hamlet of Desert Center. There, he crosses paths with Christine Larson who is about to marry one of the crooked Indian agents...but not if Johnny can help it. The film lapses frequently into comedy, with an action climax as our hero tries to head off an incipient Indian war. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

CLARENCE BUDINGTON KELLAND'S MIGHTY NOVEL OF AMERICA'S FAR-FLUNG FRONTIERS (original Card B poster - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El valle del sol See more »

Filming Locations:

Arizona, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Bill Yard: There's only two ways to handle women...and nobody knows what they are.
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Crazy Credits

Listed also as cast members: "Indians from the pueblos of Taos, Santa Clara, Jemes, San Juan and Tesuque" See more »

Connections

Referenced in Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Strains played in the score right before the end
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Lucy Burns The Old RKO West
11 January 2018 | by DKosty123See all my reviews

RKO obviously made this 78 minute film as the extra attraction for double features. This Western is better made than a lot of RKO's second B pictures.

James Craig and Lucy have some spark as a couple. The plot makes sense. There is even some humor. The script writers do pretty well.

There are some action moments between the humor and the romance. This is worth watching just because it is Lucy doing something different. This is still quite a few years before Lucy and Desi would buy the RKO studios in the 1950's and make it into a television juggernaut.

Lucy gets to stretch her comic acting here, long before her blossuming into a full fledged comedian. There are some silent folks like Billy Gilbert who appear in this one. This is 3 years prior to Lucy and Buster Keaton giving her comedy lessons at MGM in 1945. Still, you see the basis of her talent in this one.


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