The Valley of the Giants ★★★★

In the forest of giant redwoods, Milton Sills fights to save his family’s timber company from the financial manipulations of eastern businessman, Charles Sellon. Formidable opposition comes from brutal Paul Hurst, Sellon’s superintendent of operations.

An enjoyable and exciting melodrama provides plenty of action for its star. The action includes a runaway lumber train and two brutal fights between Sills and Hurst. Sills’ had been a romantic lead early in his career but switched to more “two-fisted” type roles in the mid '20s. The love interest is provided by Doris Kenyon, Sill’s wife and frequent co-star.

Directed by Charles Brain, the film is the second screen version of a 1918 novel written by Peter B. Kyne. The first version from 1919 (presumed lost) stared Wallace Reid. Other versions starred Wayne Morris in 1938 and Kirk Douglas in The Big Trees (1955).

Seen at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, 2018.
The film was preserved by the UCLA Film and Television Archive in 1989.