Classic Westerns

Vengeance Valley (1951)

Director: Richard Thorpe
Actors: Burt Lancaster, Robert Walker, Joanne Dru, Sally Forrest, John Ireland, Ray Collins, Stanley Andrews
Runtime: 83 min.

Owen Daybright (Burt Lancaster) stars as the adopted son of cattle baron Arch Stroble (Ray Collins). Owen feuds with his black sheep brother, Lee Stroble (Robert Walker) over the rights to their father's empire. But the sibling rivalry comes to a head when Lee fathers an legitimate child and tries to frame Owen.

Trivia: Burt Lancaster won the Best Actor Oscar for 1960's Elmer Gantry. Joanne Dru was one of John Wayne's leading ladies, starring opposite the Duke in Red River and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon. When this movie was made she was married to actor John Ireland (Hub Fasken). Richard Thorpe was the original director of The Wizard of Oz but he was fired after two weeks of shooting, because it was felt that his scenes did not have the right air of fantasy about them. He later directed Ivanhoe and the Elvis Presley film, Jailhouse Rock. Based on a novel by Luke Short.