Featuring Paul Robeson (The Emperor Jones, Show Boat, 1936) in his prime, The Proud Valley is a stirring portrait of compassion and courage. Robeson lends his magnificent voice and presence to the role of David Goliath, a black stoker looking for work in a Welsh coal-mining town. Befriended by Dick Parry, the local choir master and a miner, Goliath finds a job and a home. Tragedy strikes when Parry dies in an explosion and the mine shuts down, leaving most of the townspeople jobless. After campaigning to have the mine re-opened, Goliath puts his life on the line to save workers trapped in a tunnel. Said to have been Robeson's personal favorite, this moving story has been favorably compared to Carol Reed's The Stars Look Down. The Proud Valley stands apart for its documentary-like realism and Robeson's powerful singing.
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