The Valley of the Giants (1919)

Drama | 31 August 1919

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HISTORY

The novel originally appeared in The Red Book Magazine in Aug 1918. This film was originally entitled In the Valley of the Giants . Kyne's novel was filmed two more times: in 1927 by First National, with Milton Sills starring and Charles J. Brabin directing and in 1938 by Warner Bros., with Wayne Morris starring and William Keighley directing (see ... More Less

The novel originally appeared in The Red Book Magazine in Aug 1918. This film was originally entitled In the Valley of the Giants . Kyne's novel was filmed two more times: in 1927 by First National, with Milton Sills starring and Charles J. Brabin directing and in 1938 by Warner Bros., with Wayne Morris starring and William Keighley directing (see entries). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
13 Sep 19
p. 1285.
MPN
13 Sep 19
pp. 2291-92.
MPW
13 Sep 19
p. 1702.
New York Morning Telegraph
14 Feb 20
p. 1696.
Variety
5 Sep 19
p. 61.
Wid's
14 Sep 19
p. 5.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
In the Valley of the Giants
Release Date:
31 August 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
24 July 1919
Copyright Number:
LP14010
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,625
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Bryce Cardigan returns home from college to find that the beautiful glade named "The Valley of the Giants," where his mother is buried, is in danger of being taken from his nearly blind and financially troubled father. Cardigan, who built the nearby town of Sequoia, may lose the property to rival lumberman Colonel Pennington, an unscrupulous Easterner. Discovering that the giant tree guarding his mother's grave has been felled by Pennington's foreman Jules Rondeau, Bryce thrashes him. Although Bryce saves Pennington and his niece, Shirley Sumner, from death in a runaway logging train, Pennington ungratefully refuses to haul the Cardigans' logs on his railroad. With railroad agent Buck Ogilvy, Bryce pretends to build a new railroad to connect with the transcontinental line. After they find backers interested if they can cross the Pennington tracks, Shirley, now on Bryce's side, helps them secure the important franchise. Although Pennington tries to bribe the mayor, his dishonesty is exposed, the valley is kept in the Cardigan family, and Bryce and Shirley ... +


Bryce Cardigan returns home from college to find that the beautiful glade named "The Valley of the Giants," where his mother is buried, is in danger of being taken from his nearly blind and financially troubled father. Cardigan, who built the nearby town of Sequoia, may lose the property to rival lumberman Colonel Pennington, an unscrupulous Easterner. Discovering that the giant tree guarding his mother's grave has been felled by Pennington's foreman Jules Rondeau, Bryce thrashes him. Although Bryce saves Pennington and his niece, Shirley Sumner, from death in a runaway logging train, Pennington ungratefully refuses to haul the Cardigans' logs on his railroad. With railroad agent Buck Ogilvy, Bryce pretends to build a new railroad to connect with the transcontinental line. After they find backers interested if they can cross the Pennington tracks, Shirley, now on Bryce's side, helps them secure the important franchise. Although Pennington tries to bribe the mayor, his dishonesty is exposed, the valley is kept in the Cardigan family, and Bryce and Shirley marry. +

GENRE
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Sub-genre:
Northwest


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AFI Life Achievement Award

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