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Valley of the Giants

Valley of the Giants(1938)

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Howard Fallon and his partner Hendricks, who intend to exploit the redwood forests of Northern California, head west from Milwaukee accompanied by saloon owner Lee Roberts, her partner, Ed Morell, and gambler Fingers McCarthy. En route, Lee's covered wagon is stopped by a tree felled by Bill Cardigan, the territory's biggest landowner. Charmed by Lee's sophistication, Bill confesses his love for the redwoods and discloses his large debt to banker Andy Stone. Lee uses this knowledge to help Fallon claim homesteaders' property, corner the state land, and buy Bill's note from Stone. Beaten down, Bill's hopes are lifted when Ox Smith accidentally burns down the land office, destroying Fallon's claims. Fallon retaliates by calling Bill's note. Now, Bill's only chance is to cut his timber and get it down river and sold within six weeks. The entire community helps, but Fallon's henchmen sabotage their efforts by destroying the railroad trestle and damming the river. Lee, who has since fallen in love with Bill, warns him and along with Fingers, almost loses her life when they are locked in a caboose which is speeding towards the collapsed trestle. In a daring chase, Bill stops the runaway caboose and realizes Lee's loyalty. Bill's men dynamite the dam and capture Fallon, who surrenders and renews Bill's note, leaving Lee and Bill together surrounded by the redwoods.