Classic Westerns

Vengeance Valley (1951)

Director: Richard Thorpe
Actors: Burt Lancaster, Robert Walker, Joanne Dru, Sally Forrest, John Ireland, Ray Collins
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 fatherís empire. But the sibling rivalry comes to a head when Lee fathers an legitimate child and tries to frame Owen.

Trivia: Burt Lancaster was nominated for four Academy Awards, winning the award once for Best Actor in 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. She was married to actor John Ireland (Hub Fasken) at the time this movie was made. Richard Thorpe is also known as the original director of The Wizard of Oz. 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 the movie Ivanhoe and the Elvis Presley film, Jailhouse Rock. Based on a novel by Luke Short.