Riders of Death Valley

Riders of Death Valley (1941)

A MILLION-DOLLAR SUPER SERIAL! With a thousand teeming thrills in 15 exciting chapters!

  • Genre: Action, Western
  • Release Date: 1941-07-01
  • User Rating: 6.5/10 from 1 ratings
  • Runtime: 4h 43min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Universal Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Directors: Ford Beebe, Ray Taylor.
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The Saturday matinee crowd got two cowboy stars for the price of one in this lavishly budgeted western serial starring former singing cowboy Dick Foran and Buck Jones. The latter contributed deadpan humor to the proceedings, making Jones perhaps the highest paid B-western comedy relief in history. The two heroes defend the Death Valley borax miners from an outlaw gang headed by Wolf Reade. An extraordinarily strong cast -- for a serial, at least -- supported the stars, headed by Charles Bickford as Reade, Leo Carillo, Lon Chaney, Jr., and silent screen star Monte Blue. Leading lady Jeanne Kelly later changed her name to Jean Brooks and starred in the atmospheric RKO thriller The Seventh Victim (1943). Universal claimed to have spent $1 million on this serial and made sure to get their money's worth by endlessly recycling the action footage in serials and B-westerns for years to come.

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  • Dick Foran

    as Jim Benton
  • Leo Carrillo

    as Pancho Lopez
  • Buck Jones

    as Tombstone
  • Charles Bickford

    as Wolf Reade
  • Guinn "Big Boy" Williams

    as Borax Bill
  • Lon Chaney Jr.

    as Henchman Butch
  • Noah Beery Jr.

    as Smokey
  • Jean Brooks

    as Mary Morgan (as Jeanne Kelly)
  • James Blaine

    as Joseph Kirby
  • Monte Blue

    as Rance Davis
  • Glenn Strange

    as Tex, a Benton Rider
  • Roy Barcroft

    as Henchman Dirk
  • Jack Rockwell

    as Henchman Trigger
  • Ethan Laidlaw

    as Henchman Rusty
  • Richard Alexander

    as Henchman Pete Grump
  • Frank Austin

    as Chuckawalla Charlie Morgan [Ch. 1]
  • Charles Thomas

    as Rimrock [Ch. 4]
  • William Hall

    as Dan Gordon [Chs. 1, 8-10]
  • James Guilfoyle

    as Judge Knox [Chs. 2, 13-14]
  • Ernie Adams

    as Cactus Pete, Prospector [Ch.14]
  • Ted Adams

    as Hank
  • Frank Brownlee

    as Slim
  • Bob Burns

    as Miner in Saloon
  • Rod Cameron

    as Rider
  • Jack Rube Clifford

    as Lafe Hogan
  • Edmund Cobb

    as Salty
  • Art Dillard

    as Miner
  • Jim Farley

    as Graham
  • Chick Hannan

    as Miner
  • Jerome Harte

    as Richards
  • Al Haskell

    as Barfly
  • Jimmie Lucas

    as Saloon Waiter
  • Frank McCarroll

    as Lyncher
  • Ivor McFadden

    as Bragg
  • Leo J. McMahon

    as Barfly
  • Jay Michael

    as Cashier
  • Art Miles

    as Green
  • Bud Osborne

    as Stagecoach Driver
  • William Pagan

    as Marshal
  • Tex Palmer

    as Wagon Driver
  • Ed Payson

    as Buck Hansen
  • Gil Perkins

    as Fighter
  • Jack Perrin

    as Stage Guard
  • Alonzo Price

    as Mr. Wilson
  • Ruth Rickaby

    as Kate
  • Don Rowan

    as Blake
  • Dick Rush

    as Saloon Waiter
  • Silver

    as Tombstone's Horse
  • Smoke

    as Jim's Horse
  • Richard Travis

    as Joe Miller
  • Slim Whitaker

    as Stable Owner
  • Ken Nolan

    as Cashier
Directing Ford Beebe Director
Sound W. Franke Harling Original Music Composer
Sound Charles Previn Original Music Composer
Sound Charles Previn Music Director
Camera Jerome Ash Director of Photography
Sound Frank Skinner Original Music Composer
Sound Heinz Roemheld Original Music Composer
Directing Ray Taylor Director
Writing Basil Dickey Screenplay
Writing George H. Plympton Screenplay
Production Henry MacRae Associate Producer
Editing Saul A. Goodkind Supervising Film Editor
Writing Sherman L. Lowe Screenplay
Visual Effects John P. Fulton Visual Effects
Writing Oliver Drake Story
Camera William A. Sickner Director of Photography
Editing Louis Sackin Editor
Crew Art Dillard Stunts
Editing Joseph Gluck Editor
Sound Karl Hajos Original Music Composer
Crew Cliff Lyons Stunts
Crew Duke York Stunts
Crew Frank McCarroll Stunts
Writing Jacques Jaccard Dialogue
Crew Leroy Johnson Stunts
Crew Gil Perkins Stunts
Crew Ken Terrell Stunts
Editing Alvin Todd Editor
Art Ralph M. DeLacy Art Direction
Crew Leo J. McMahon Stunts
Crew Jack Casey Stunts
Writing Jack O'Donnell Screenplay
Visual Effects Cleo E. Baker Visual Effects
Sound Ralph Freed Original Music Composer