Deep Valley (1947)

103 or 106 mins | Drama | 1 September 1947

Director:

Jean Negulesco

Producer:

Henry Blanke

Cinematographer:

Ted McCord

Editor:

Owen Marks

Production Designers:

Max Parker, Frank Durlauf

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

Press material included in the file on the film at the AMPAS Library adds the following information about the production: Ann Sheridan, Humphrey Bogart and John Garfield were to star in the film. Scenes were shot on location at Hermosa Beach and Big Bear Lake, CA. Modern sources, however, claim that Deep Valley was filmed at Big Sur in Northern California, due to a studio ... More Less

Press material included in the file on the film at the AMPAS Library adds the following information about the production: Ann Sheridan, Humphrey Bogart and John Garfield were to star in the film. Scenes were shot on location at Hermosa Beach and Big Bear Lake, CA. Modern sources, however, claim that Deep Valley was filmed at Big Sur in Northern California, due to a studio strike. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
2 Aug 1947.
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Daily Variety
30 Jul 1947.
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Film Daily
30 Jul 47
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Sep 46
p. 19.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Jan 47
p. 19.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Jul 47
p. 3.
Independent Film Journal
4 Jan 47
p. 35.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
2 Aug 1947.
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New York Times
23 Aug 47
p. 23.
Variety
30 Jul 47
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Orch arr
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff dir
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Deep Valley by Dan Totheroh (New York, 1942).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
1 September 1947
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 22 August 1947
Production Date:
late-September 1946--late January 1947
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
29 August 1947
Copyright Number:
LP1181
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
103 or 106
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Libby Saul lives with her estranged parents on an isolated farm near the California coast. Used as a go-between by her parents, who no longer speak to each other, Libby has developed a stammer and spends her days wandering the woods with her dog, Joe. One day she encounters a crew of convicts building a road along the coast and, unknown to her parents, watches them for several days. She is especially interested in Barry Burnett, one of the convicts. After the road workers blast through the surrounding hills, they arrive at the farm in search of water from the farm well. Mr. Saul first offers to sell it to them, but when they turn down the offer, he agrees to let them have it for free. When Barry punches the road boss, who has been goading him, and is handcuffed, Libby breaks down in tears. At Saul's urging, Jed Barker, the engineer, who is fresh out of the army, visits the farm one evening. Libby's mother encourages her to befriend Barker. During their conversation, Libby learns that Barry is going to be sent back to San Quentin for attacking the road boss. Barker then asks Libby to go dancing, but she is too shy and runs away from him. After Barker leaves, an angry Saul slaps Libby and, telling her parents that she does not want to live in hatred as they do, she leaves home. With Libby gone, Mrs. Saul is forced to get dressed and comes downstairs for the first time in years. Meanwhile, Libby and Joe make themselves at home in a ... +


Libby Saul lives with her estranged parents on an isolated farm near the California coast. Used as a go-between by her parents, who no longer speak to each other, Libby has developed a stammer and spends her days wandering the woods with her dog, Joe. One day she encounters a crew of convicts building a road along the coast and, unknown to her parents, watches them for several days. She is especially interested in Barry Burnett, one of the convicts. After the road workers blast through the surrounding hills, they arrive at the farm in search of water from the farm well. Mr. Saul first offers to sell it to them, but when they turn down the offer, he agrees to let them have it for free. When Barry punches the road boss, who has been goading him, and is handcuffed, Libby breaks down in tears. At Saul's urging, Jed Barker, the engineer, who is fresh out of the army, visits the farm one evening. Libby's mother encourages her to befriend Barker. During their conversation, Libby learns that Barry is going to be sent back to San Quentin for attacking the road boss. Barker then asks Libby to go dancing, but she is too shy and runs away from him. After Barker leaves, an angry Saul slaps Libby and, telling her parents that she does not want to live in hatred as they do, she leaves home. With Libby gone, Mrs. Saul is forced to get dressed and comes downstairs for the first time in years. Meanwhile, Libby and Joe make themselves at home in a nearby cabin. A short time later, Barry, having escaped during a heavy rainstorm, joins her, and Libby offers to help him. Barry tells Libby that while in the Navy, he was imprisoned for fighting. Later, he was sent to San Quentin for manslaughter after a man was killed during a robbery he committed while drunk. Libby and Barry plan to go to San Francisco together, and in preparation, Libby returns to the farm to get clothes and food. She discovers that her parents have reconciled and also learns that a posse has been formed to search for Barry. Her attempts to return to the cabin are thwarted, and Barry comes to the farm late at night looking for her. Libby hides him in the barn, and soon, happily in love, she is a changed woman. Barker almost discovers Barry's hiding place when Saul sends him after a tire pump, but Libby rushes ahead of him and Barry is safe for the moment. Later, however, Mrs. Saul begins to suspect the truth and confronts the couple. Barry and Libby run off just as Saul and Barker drive up. Barker tries to stop them, but Barry hits him over the head and drives off in the truck, leaving Libby behind. Barry is wounded by the posse and dies in Libby's arms. Later, Libby and Barker make a new start. +

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