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Directed by Richard Thorpe
Starring Burt Lancaster, Robert Walker, Joanne Dru, Sally Forrest, John Ireland, Carleton Carpenter, Ray Collins, Ted de Corsia, Hugh O'Brian
Vengeance Valley is Burt Lancaster's first western. Until then, the actor had starred in film noir masterpieces (The Killers) and Adventure films (The Flame and the Arrow). His debut in the genre thus began in 1951 and Lancaster was preparing to turn in several memorable westerns. Robert Walker ran a similar role the same year in Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train. Joanne Dru, revealed by John Ford's westerns, has a smaller role. The villains are played by John Irerland, Ted de Corsia and Hugh O'Brian, all regulars of the genre.
The main theme of Vengeance Valley is close to that of The Man from Laramie. The heroes are two very different brothers. In The Man from Laramie, they are not brothers, but Alex Nicol and Arthur Kennedy are working for the same man. The same happen in Vengeance Valley. Burt Lancaster and Robert Walker work for their father, Ray Collins. But the jealousy of a brother, encourages him to want to get rid of the other to obtain the inheritance.
The film also seeks to present the life of cowboys at the ranch.
The Vengeance Valley benefits from the direction of Richard Thorpe, the famous MGM director, who made an incredible sixty westerns in the 1930s. From the 1940s to the 1960s, he specialized in other genres, but shot a few westerns with Wallace Beery, Lloyd Nolan and Glenn Ford. His direction is dynamic. Photography showcases landscapes of Colorado.
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