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Valley of Hunted Men (1942)

It's 1941 and three Nazis escape from a Canadian prison. Two are killed but the third kills Paul Schiller and assumes his identity. This leads him to the Three Mesquiteers ranch where his ... See full summary »

Director:

John English

Writers:

Albert DeMond (screen play), Morton Grant (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bob Steele ... Tucson Smith
Tom Tyler ... Stony Brooke
Jimmie Dodd ... Lullaby Joslin
Edward Van Sloan ... Dr. Heinrich Steiner
Roland Varno ... Carl Baum
Anna Marie Stewart Anna Marie Stewart ... Laura Steiner
Edythe Elliott Edythe Elliott ... Elisabeth Schiller
Arno Frey Arno Frey ... Counsel Von Breckner
Richard K. French Richard K. French ... Franz Toller (as Richard French)
Robert R. Stephenson Robert R. Stephenson ... Kruger (as Robert Stevenson)
George N. Neise ... Paul Schiller (as George Neise)
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It's 1941 and three Nazis escape from a Canadian prison. Two are killed but the third kills Paul Schiller and assumes his identity. This leads him to the Three Mesquiteers ranch where his uncle Dr. Steiner is developing a chemical that will extract rubber from a local plant. The Nazis are out to stop the project and they get the fake Schiller to sabotage the Doctor's formula. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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THE THREE MESQUITEERS ON THE TRAITOR TRAIL! (original print ad-all caps) See more »

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Drama | Western

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De fordømtes Dal See more »

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Action! Plot! Cowboys! Nazis!
6 January 2006 | by stevehaynieSee all my reviews

I liked Valley of Hunted Men! This movie starts with an incredible amount of action. Three Nazis escape from a Canadian concentration camp and make their way into Montana. As each Nazi is hunted down we see chase scenes that would normally be reserved for the climactic ending of a good western. John English held nothing back, just like in the serials he directed. There is no mistaking the action Republic had solidly built its reputation upon. I was afraid that I had bought a very short, edited version of the feature because the scenes were so dynamic at such an early point in the movie! After the terrific build up the movie jumps into its plot. A German scientist, Dr. Steiner, cooperates with the United States Government to develop a chemical that will help in the production of rubber. The nephew of Dr. Steiner is replaced by one of the escaped Nazis, and he proceeds destroy Dr. Steiner's work. All the while suspicion is cast upon Dr. Steiner's loyalty. The Mesquiteers never lose faith in the doctor as they find the true enemy. Just as the first part of the movie hammered away on action, the remainder of the movie keeps driving the plot hard.

Valley of Hunted Men came out in 1942, but the story is set in 1941. Nazis were a real threat by that time, and the attack on Pearl Harbor is incorporated into the story. Many characters, such as the storekeeper and the Mesquiteers, proclaim their disdain for Nazis but none can recognize them until it is too late. This confusion among the characters pushes the story along until the end.

Initially I had trouble accepting Jimmie Dodd as a member of the Mesquiteers, but after a few movies I have come around to thinking of him as a solid member of the trio. By the time he replaced Rufe Davis as Lullaby Joslin the Mesquiteers were nearing the end of their Republic trail which by then belonged to Roy Rogers. Dodd's portrayal of the character works well for me. Bob Steele had been a leading man since the beginning of sound westerns. His Tuscon Smith character was on an even level with Tom Tyler's Stony Brooke. No one comes across as the leader of the team. "Team" is definitely a good description of the Three Mesquiteers in this movie. They are always positive and decisive with every move they make.

By the end of Valley of Hunted Men I wanted more. I was really enjoying this movie. Sadly there were only four more movies left in what was once Republic's flagship western series. Despite the series coming to an close, the quality remained high until the end.


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