Riders of Death Valley (1941)

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.

Directing:
  • Ray Taylor
  • Ford Beebe

Writing:
  • Jack O'Donnell
  • George H. Plympton
  • Oliver Drake

Stars:
Release Date: 1941-07-01
themoviedb icon 6.5/10
  • Country: US
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 283
  • Budget: $1,000,000

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Charles Bickford
Charles Bickf...
Wolf Reade
Dick Foran
Dick Foran
Jim Benton
Rod Cameron
Rod Cameron
Rider
Noah Beery, Jr.
Noah Beery, J...
Smokey
Roy Barcroft
Roy Barcroft
Henchman Dirk
Guinn Williams
Guinn William...
Borax Bill
Leo Carrillo
Leo Carrillo
Pancho Lopez
Buck Jones
Buck Jones
Tombstone
Lon Chaney Jr.
Lon Chaney Jr...
Henchman Butch
Jean Brooks
Jean Brooks
Mary Morgan (as Jeanne Kelly)
James Blaine
James Blaine
Joseph Kirby
Monte Blue
Monte Blue
Rance Davis
Glenn Strange
Glenn Strange
Tex, a Benton Rider
Jack Rockwell
Jack Rockwell
Henchman Trigger
Ethan Laidlaw
Ethan Laidlaw
Henchman Rusty
Richard Alexander
Richard Alexa...
Henchman Pete Grump
Frank Austin
Frank Austin
Chuckawalla Charlie Morgan [Ch. 1]
William Hall
William Hall
Dan Gordon [Chs. 1, 8-10]
Ernie Adams
Ernie Adams
Cactus Pete, Prospector [Ch.14]
Ted Adams
Ted Adams
Hank
Frank Brownlee
Frank Brownle...
Slim
Bob Burns
Bob Burns
Miner in Saloon
Jack Rube Clifford
Jack Rube Cli...
Lafe Hogan
Edmund Cobb
Edmund Cobb
Salty
Jim Farley
Jim Farley
Graham
Chick Hannan
Chick Hannan
Miner
Frank McCarroll
Frank McCarro...
Lyncher
Bud Osborne
Bud Osborne
Stagecoach Driver
Gil Perkins
Gil Perkins
Fighter
Don Rowan
Don Rowan
Blake
Silver
Silver
Tombstone's Horse
Richard Travis
Richard Travi...
Joe Miller
Slim Whitaker
Slim Whitaker
Stable Owner
Noah Beery Jr.
Noah Beery Jr...
Smokey
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