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The old "Cain and Abel" plot device is redefined within Western terms in MGM's Vengeance Valley. Burt Lancaster stars as ranch-hand Owen Daybright, who has been raised as a son by rancher Arch Stroble (Ray Collins). Stroble's natural son Lee (Robert Walker) has always been envious of Owen, who in turn has spent most of his life pulling Lee out of trouble and keeping the boy's misdeeds a secret from the elder Stroble. When Lee fathers an illegitimate child, he tries to shift the responsibility on Owen, leading to a life-threatening confrontation with the vengeance-seeking brothers of the baby's mother (Sally Forrest). There's plenty more plot twists before virtue finally triumphs. Joanne Dru co-stars as Lee's long-suffering wife Jen, who harbors a secret yen for Owen. Since lapsing into public domain, Vengeance Valley has shown up with increasing frequency on cable television; it has also been made available in a narrated version for the visually impaired. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:February 16, 1951


Burt Lancaster
as Owen Daybright
Robert Walker
as Lee Strobie
Joanne Dru
as Jen Strobie
Sally Forrest
as Lily Fasken
John Ireland
as Hub Fasken
Carleton Carpenter
as Hewie
Ray Collins
as Arch Strobie
Hugh O'Brian
as Dick Fasken
Will Wright
as Mr. Willoughby
Jim Hayward
as Sheriff Con Alvis
Stanley Andrews
as Mead Calhoun
Bob Wilke
Margaret Bert
as Mrs. Calhoun
Dan White
Ted de Corsia
as Herb Backett
Al Ferguson
Tom Fadden
as Obie Rune
Glenn Strange
as Dave Allard
Norman Leavitt
Harvey B. Dunn
as Dealer
Monte Montague
Paul E. Burns
as Dr. Irwin
Louis Nicoletti
as Cowhand


Richard Thorpe
Nicholas Nayfack
Luke Short
Book Author
Irving Ravetch
George Folsey
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Walter Plunkett
Costume Designer