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Vengeance Valley (1951)




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The old "Cain and Abel" plot device is redefined within Western terms in MGM's Vengeance Valley. Burt Lancaster stars as ranch-hand Owen Daybright, who has been raised as a son by rancher Arch Stroble (Ray Collins). Stroble's natural son Lee (Robert Walker) has always been envious of Owen, who in turn has spent most of his life pulling Lee out of trouble and keeping the boy's misdeeds a secret from the elder Stroble. When Lee fathers an illegitimate child, he tries to shift the responsibility on Owen, leading to a life-threatening confrontation with the vengeance-seeking brothers of the baby's mother (Sally Forrest). There's plenty more plot twists before virtue finally triumphs. Joanne Dru co-stars as Lee's long-suffering wife Jen, who harbors a secret yen for Owen. Since lapsing into public domain, Vengeance Valley has shown up with increasing frequency on cable television; it has also been made available in a narrated version for the visually impaired.

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Burt Lancaster
as Owen Daybright
Joanne Dru
as Jen Strobie
Sally Forrest
as Lily Fasken
John Ireland
as Hub Fasken
Ray Collins
as Arch Strobie
Ted de Corsia
as Herb Backett
Hugh O'Brian
as Dick Fasken
Will Wright
as Mr. Willoughby
Grace Mills
as Mrs. Burke
Jim Hayward
as Sheriff Con Alvis
James Harrison
as Orv Esterly
Stanley Andrews
as Mead Calhoun
Glenn Strange
as Dave Allard
Paul E. Burns
as Dr. Irwin
Tom Fadden
as Obie Rune
Margaret Bert
as Mrs. Calhoun
Dan White
as Cowhand
Bob Wilke
as Cowhand
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Critic Reviews for Vengeance Valley

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

It is no Red River or Stagecoach, but it offers a strong plot and some excellent scenery and action.

August 5, 2019 | Full Review…

All this talk may tend to slow Vengeance Valley down to a gentle trot at times, but on the whole the picture is a creditable entertainment.

March 25, 2006 | Full Review…

It's Manhattan-born Burt Lancaster's first western, and he proves he can ride tall in the saddle.

March 15, 2005 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Vengeance Valley

Colorful western both in script and visual presentation. Good perfomances with Robert Walker a standout.

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