Hidden Valley

Hidden Valley

Director: Robert North Bradbury

Cast: Bob Steele, Gertrude Messinger, Francis McDonald

     
 

Filmed on glorious locations at the foot of California's Mount Whitney by ace cinematographer Archie Stout, this above-average Monogram B-Western starred wiry, little Bob Steele in an offbeat story of a cowboy searching for a lost tribe of Indians. Surviving in the seemingly impassable Hidden Valley, the tribe and its gold is threatened by villainous Kenneth McDonald…  See more details below

Overview

Filmed on glorious locations at the foot of California's Mount Whitney by ace cinematographer Archie Stout, this above-average Monogram B-Western starred wiry, little Bob Steele in an offbeat story of a cowboy searching for a lost tribe of Indians. Surviving in the seemingly impassable Hidden Valley, the tribe and its gold is threatened by villainous Kenneth McDonald and his gang. One of the gang members is heroine Gertrude Messenger's young brother, Jimmie (Ray Hallor), who is captured by the wild Indians and is about to be sacrificed to their god when rescued by Steele and the sheriff (Arthur Millett), who arrive, not with the cavalry, but in the Goodyear Blimp. The latter is piloted by Captain Verner L. Smith who, as George Turner and Michael H. Price so aptly put it, "plays himself with adequate conviction." The fantastic story was produced by Trem Carr and directed by Bob Steele's father, Robert N. Bradbury.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
A surprising delight from start to finish, Hidden Valley ranks among the best low-budget Westerns made in the early talkie era, in no small measure due to the innovative Robert North Bradbury who here stages a series of stunts with apparently no concern for life and limbs. Bradbury's son, Bob Steele, rises to the occasion as well, emerging as one of the better actors on Poverty Row. Steele is backed up by an equally fine supporting cast of veterans and only the rather juvenile leading lady Gertrude Messinger reminds the viewer that this is Monogram and not, say, Fox or Warner Bros. Archie Stout's camera records a couple of impressive stunts along the way, including a couple of examples of the later banned "running-W" horseback tumble.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2004
UPC:
0089218450890
Original Release:
1932
Rating:
NR
Source:
Alpha Video
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
0:56:00
Sales rank:
92,486

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bob Steele Bob Harding
Gertrude Messinger Joyce Lanners
Francis McDonald Frank Gavin
Ray Hallor Jimmie Lanners
John Elliott Judge
Arthur Millett Sheriff Dave Bristow
George "Gabby" Hayes henchman
José de la Cruz henchman
Dick Dickinson henchman
Earl Dwire prosecutor
Tom London Actor
Verne Smith Actor

Technical Credits
Robert North Bradbury Director
Trem Carr Producer
Edward Cox Special Effects
E.R. Hickson Set Decoration/Design
Paul Malvern Production Manager
Carl Pierson Editor
Archie J. Stout Cinematographer
W. Totman Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
2. Chapter 1 [8:03]
3. Chapter 2 [9:02]
4. Chapter 3 [8:56]
5. Chapter 4 [9:08]
6. Chapter 5 [8:41]
7. Chapter 6 [11:19]

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