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Valley of the Sun (1942)

Valley of the Sun (1942)

Valley of the Sun

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Though officially based on a Saturday Evening Post story by Clarence Buddington Kelland, RKO Radio's Valley of the Sun was obviously inspired by the blockbuster comedy western Destry Rides Again (indeed, both films were directed by George Marshall). James Craig stars as Indian scout Jonathan, whose pro-Native American sentiments do not rest well with crooked civilian Indian agent Jim Sawyer (Dean Jagger), who intends to benefit from an impending tribal uprising. Court-martialed on a trumped-up charge fomented by Sawyer, Jonathan escapes the stockade with the help of a friendly sergeant and rides off to Washington DC, hoping to forestall an all-out Indian war. En route, he makes the acquaintance of Sawyer's snooty fiancee Christine (Lucille Ball), forcing her into a marriage for plot reasons too complicated to go into here. After juggling comedy and melodrama for nearly eight reels, the film turns serious towards the climax, when the fate of the protagonists falls into the hands of level-headed Indian chieftan Cochise (Antonio Moreno) and his hotheaded rival Geronimo (Tom Tyler). RKO's first big-budget western in several years, Valley of the Sun lost $158,000 at the box office, temporarily discouraging any followups.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Horace McCoy
On DVD: Sep 27, 1989
Runtime:
RKO Radio Pictures

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Cast

James Craig
as Jonathan Ware
Dean Jagger
as Jim Sawyer
Lucille Ball
as Christine Larson
Cedric Hardwicke
as Lord Warrick
Billy Gilbert
as Justice of the Peace
Tom Tyler
as Geronimo
Antonio Moreno
as Chief Cochise
Hank Bell
as Shotgun
Richard Fiske
as Lieutenant
Don Terry
as Lieutenant
Chris Willow Bird
as Apache Indian
Fern Emmett
as Spinster
George Melford
as Dr. Thomas
Pat Moriarity
as Mickey Maguire
Chester Clute
as Secretary
Al St. John
as Man on Street
Harry Lamont
as Man on Street
Al Ferguson
as Man on Street
Chester Conklin
as Man on Street
Ed Brady
as Man on Street
Lloyd Ingraham
as Man on Street
Frank J. Coleman
as Man on Street
Steve Clemente
as Knife Thrower
George Lloyd
as Sergeant
Tom London
as Parker
Francis McDonald
as Interpreter
Harry Hayden
as Governor
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