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The Proud Valley

  • Drama
  • 1940
  • Pen Tennyson
  • 73 mins
  • PG

Summary

Drama starring Paul Robeson. David Goliath, an itinerant stoker, arrives in a South Wales mining community torn apart by class and social conflict, pit closures and disasters.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

This rather dated parable on the need for community unity in the face of wartime tragedy was one of six films Paul Robeson made in Britain, and it gave him the rare opportunity to escape from typecasting as a tribal African. However, his majestic presence is the only thing not to ring true in this well-crafted tale about a mining disaster in a small Welsh village, as he is more prone to melodrama than the solid supporting cast. Director Pen Tennyson achieves the realistic atmosphere that would characterise many later British postwar films, although, sadly, he was killed in action the following year.

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Credits

Cast

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David GoliathPaul Robeson
Dick ParryEdward Chapman
Emlyn ParrySimon Lack
Mrs ParryRachel Thomas
DilysDilys Thomas
Bert RigbyEdward Rigby

Crew

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DirectorPen Tennyson

Details

Theatrical distributor
Assoc. British Film Dist Ltd
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
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