Riders of Death Valley (1941)

NR 1941-07-01 (US) ActionWestern 4h 43m
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A MILLION-DOLLAR SUPER SERIAL! With a thousand teeming thrills in 15 exciting chapters!


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.

  1. Ray Taylor


  2. Ford Beebe


  3. Basil Dickey


  4. Sherman L. Lowe


  5. Jack O'Donnell


  6. George H. Plympton


  7. Oliver Drake


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  1. Dick Foran

    Dick Foran

    Jim Benton

  2. Leo Carrillo

    Leo Carrillo

    Pancho Lopez

  3. Buck Jones

    Buck Jones


  4. Charles Bickford

    Charles Bickford

    Wolf Reade

  5. Guinn "Big Boy" Williams

    Guinn "Big Boy" Williams

    Borax Bill

  6. Lon Chaney Jr.

    Lon Chaney Jr.

    Henchman Butch

  7. Noah Beery Jr.

    Noah Beery Jr.


  8. Jean Brooks

    Jean Brooks

    Mary Morgan (as Jeanne Kelly)

  9. James Blaine

    James Blaine

    Joseph Kirby

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Riders of Death Valley
Riders of Death Valley

Status Released

Original Language English

Budget $1,000,000.00

Revenue -


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