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Deep Valley

Released Jul 30, 1947 1h 44m Drama List
Reviews 65% Audience Score 50+ Ratings A shy California farm girl (Ida Lupino) falls in love with a fugitive (Dane Clark) from a chain gang. Read More Read Less

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James Agee TIME Magazine On the whole, Deep Valley is reminiscent of many of the solemn little-theater plays of the early '20s: i.e., it is lost in mawkishness and pseudopoetic feeling masquerading as art. Feb 27, 2018 Full Review Josephine O'Neill Daily Telegraph (Australia) A production which fails for the lack of just the right casting. Apr 15, 2019 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews The film comes to a boil with its very moving conclusion, after a very slow start. Rated: B- May 2, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

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j f Good A and B storylines, but kinda middy anyway. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 07/04/23 Full Review Audience Member It's really quite an underrated love story! Ida Lupino handles this different role very well. However, I don't like the fact that her character in the movie seems to be able to "talk" to the animals in the wild; I think this is something that belongs more in a Disney movie, not a drama/romance film. Fortunately though this only occurs at the beginning of the movie. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member All four principal actors make this average script come to life. Great acting by Lupino, Clark, Bainter, and Hull make this a necessary film drama to watch. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member An awkward young woman (Ida Lupino) growing up in an isolated area between estranged parents unexpectedly finds love with a convict who has escaped a coastal road project (Dane Clark). The law is closing in, and to add to the drama, the woman has another suitor in the man who was engineering the effort (Wayne Morris). It's an atmospheric film noir, one where shadows and darkness emphasize a feeling of being trapped in a world with few choices, but ultimately it falls a bit short. I liked seeing Lupino, but her range is limited, and I don't think this was all that fine a performance from her. It's interesting to consider her as being in a prison of her own, and indeed she identifies with Clark for that reason, but the film gets predictable and melodramatic as it plays out. My favorite shot from director Jean Negulesco is at dusk, low angle, with the barn and plants in shadow and the mother (Fay Bainter) approaching. My favorite quote was from the mother, as she's adjusting one of her dresses for her daughter, and says, "All you young girls want everything lower in the front, and tighter in the back. What are you so proud of?" Unfortunately, there are just not enough of these moments to strongly recommend the film. It's not awful, but just average. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member kinda of remake of 'high sierra' well done though. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review dave j Wednesday, November 3, 2010 (1947) Deep Valley DRAMA Plot has escaped criminal Barry (Dane Clark), escaping to a small isolated farm and then building rapport and then to a relationship with Libby (Ida Lupino) which is something she doesn't get enough of from her bickering parents! I can tolerate these type of films except this one doesn't really go anywhere! 2/4 Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A shy California farm girl (Ida Lupino) falls in love with a fugitive (Dane Clark) from a chain gang.
Jean Negulesco
Henry Blanke
Warner Bros. Pictures
Production Co
Warner Brothers/Seven Arts
Original Language
Release Date (Theaters)
Jul 30, 1947, Original
Release Date (DVD)
Jul 6, 2009
1h 44m