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Riders of Death Valley (1941)

Approved | | Action, Western | 1 July 1941 (USA)




(screenplay) (as Sherman Lowe), (screenplay) (as George Plympton) | 2 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pancho Lopez
Wolf Reade
Borax Bill
Henchman Butch
Mary Morgan (as Jeanne Kelly)
Joseph Kirby
Rance Davis
Tex, a Benton Rider
Henchman Dirk
Henchman Trigger
Henchman Rusty
Henchman Pete Grump


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Action | Western


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Release Date:

1 July 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los jinetes de la muerte  »

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Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Chapter Titles:
  • 1. Death Marks the Trail!
  • 2. Menacing Herd!
  • 3. Plungle of Peril!
  • 4. Flaming Fury!
  • 5. Avalanche of Doom!
  • 6. Blood and Gold!
  • 7. Death Rides the Storm!
  • 8. Descending Doom!
  • 9. Death Holds the Reins!
  • 10. Devouring Flames!
  • 11. Fatal Blast!
  • 12. Thundering Doom!
  • 13. The Bridge of Disaster!
  • 14. A Fight to the Death!
  • 15. The Harvest of Hate.
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Opening Sequences: singing doesn't match lip movements. See more »


Pancho Lopez: I guess this is going to be the end of this, uh, assoc...
Borax Bill: Association.
Pancho Lopez: Assocination, no?
Borax Bill: Yes,
Pancho Lopez: Well, I say no.
Borax Bill: All right then... No.
Pancho Lopez: What it gonna be - yes or no?
Borax Bill: I don't think they'll hold another meeting. Can't you understand?
Pancho Lopez: [nodding his head in the affirmative] No.
Borax Bill: [disgustedly] Adobe brain...
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Crazy Credits

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Fingal's Cave Overture
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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Million Dollar Serial, Hidden Gold Included
5 December 2004 | by (Rego Park, NY) – See all my reviews

The town of Panamint is being controlled by Kirby and Blake who are trying to drive out all the prospectors so they can obtain all their land, but are opposed by the Riders of Death Valley, a group led by Jim Benton opposed to the oppression caused by Kirby and Blake. An old prospector, Chuckawalla Charlie, leaves one half of a claim on a gold mine, The Lost Aztec, which is richer than any other mine discovered. The mine is shared also with Charlie's niece Mary, who goes searching for the mine (based on Charlie's map) with Jim and the rest of the riders. Blake sends Wolfe Reade and his outlaws to get the map giving the location of the mine, but after Jim, Mary, and the riders find it, Blake & Kirby get Wolfe to sabotage their efforts of getting the lode mined, smeltered, and assayed, while Kirby tries obtains the bank note Jim took out to pay for the work on the mine, while also framing Jim and Tombstone (fellow rider) of the murder of the banker. This "million dollar serial" is just advertising and nowhere near the effort Universal put into Flash Gordon, but for B western fans this serial is a treat. Foran makes a good hero, but I would have rather seen Buck Jones assume his role rather than be regulated to a sidekick. Blaine and Blue are okay as Kirby and Blake, but the screenplay could have just merged the two characters into one. Bickford is great as Wolfe playing the role with a nastiness that should be in every western and serial. The serial seems a bit too involved at times as well. Rating, based on serials, 7.

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