Valley of Fire (1951)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Western, Traditional Western  |   Release Date - May 31, 1951 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 63 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Valley of Fire is a fairly gutsy title for this formula Gene Autry western. This time, Autry plays the reform-minded mayor of a wide-open western town. The villain of the piece, Tod Rawlings (Harry Lauter), decides to undermine Gene by convincing a band of disreputable miners to hijack a wagon train which is bringing mail-order brides into the community. Fortunately, the community's "good" miners thwart Rawling's plan and claim the brides for themselves (fear not: the ladies are more than willing to be claimed). One of Rawling's partners in crime is played by Russell Hayden, who only a few months earlier had been the clean-cut hero of Lippert's "Four Star Western" series. Once again, Gene Autry's feminine vis-a-vis in Valley of Fire is Gail Davis, who went on to star in TV's Annie Oakley.

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matchmaker, mining-town, wagon-train, caravan, maiden, mail-order-bride, hijacker, mayor