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Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley(1936)

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FULL SYNOPSIS

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Famous radio singer "Wing" Bonner wearies of his fast-paced life and is fired after he repeatedly takes solace in a gin bottle. Happy to get a new start, Wing heads West to a valley community, where he finds and frees a German shepherd dog caught in a steel trap. The local sheepherders are suspicious of Wing and the dog, whom they suspect is killing their sheep, but Wing and his furry friend, now named Gandhi, receive a warmer welcome from Peggy Crawford and her young brother Jimmy. Peggy explains to Wing that there is a terrible rivalry in the valley between the sheep and cattle men, and that her own father, a sheepman, was killed by cattle ranchers. Wing is warned by Sanches, a sheepman who is in cahoots with cattle boss "Smiley" Mason, to leave the valley. Wing, who wishes to help Peggy, refuses to go, and Sanches attempts to shoot him. Gandhi saves Wing, however, and although Gandhi is shot, Wing assures the Crawfords that he will recover. The next day, Peggy reluctantly tells Wing that for his own safety he should be moving on, but Wing assures her that he can achieve a peaceful solution to the rivalries by getting the warring factions to sing together. That night, Sanches murders Smiley outside of the Crawford home and frames Wing. Peggy hides Wing in a nearby ravine before he is lynched, and attempts to send food to him via Gandhi the next day. Gandhi is followed by Smiley's men, however, and they search for Wing while Jimmy runs to find the sheriff. Meanwhile, Sanches discovers that Peggy has hidden the murder weapon, and he is just about to kill her when Jimmy arrives with the sheriff. As the sheriff chases Sanches, Wing comes out of hiding when he hears a group of sheepmen harmonizing around a campfire. He praises their talent and forestalls their attempt to lynch him by revealing his identity. Gandhi succeeds in capturing Sanches while his master succeeds in teaching the men some new songs, and soon Wing is able to get the cattlemen and sheepmen singing together. Wing's former sponsor agrees to broadcast a show starring his new discoveries from Peggy's ranch, and peace is achieved as the singers forget their quarrels.