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Release Date:
1 July 1941 (USA) See more »
THE GREATEST SERIAL...ever made by the master serial-makers! (original posters) See more »
Promoted and advertised as "The Million Dollar Serial", most of which appears to have been spent on... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Dick Foran ... Jim Benton
Leo Carrillo ... Pancho Lopez

Buck Jones ... Tombstone

Charles Bickford ... Wolf Reade
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Borax Bill

Lon Chaney Jr. ... Henchman Butch

Noah Beery Jr. ... Smokey
Jean Brooks ... Mary Morgan (as Jeanne Kelly)
James Blaine ... Joseph Kirby
Monte Blue ... Rance Davis
Glenn Strange ... Tex, a Benton Rider
Roy Barcroft ... Henchman Dirk
Jack Rockwell ... Henchman Trigger
Ethan Laidlaw ... Henchman Rusty
Richard Alexander ... Henchman Pete Grump
Frank Austin ... Chuckawalla Charlie Morgan [Ch. 1]
Charles Thomas ... Rimrock [Ch. 4]
William Hall ... Dan Gordon [Chs. 1, 8-10]
James Guilfoyle ... Judge Knox [Chs. 2, 13-14]
Ernie Adams ... Cactus Pete, Prospector [Ch.14]
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ted Adams ... Hank (uncredited)
Frank Brownlee ... Slim (uncredited)
Bob Burns ... Miner in Saloon (uncredited)
Rod Cameron ... Rider (uncredited)
Jack Clifford ... Lafe Hogan (uncredited)
Edmund Cobb ... Salty (uncredited)
Art Dillard ... Miner (uncredited)
Jim Farley ... Graham (uncredited)
Chick Hannan ... Miner (uncredited)
Jerome Harte ... Richards (uncredited)
Al Haskell ... Barfly (uncredited)
Jimmie Lucas ... Saloon Waiter (uncredited)
Frank McCarroll ... Lyncher (uncredited)
Ivor McFadden ... Bragg (uncredited)
Leo J. McMahon ... Barfly (uncredited)
Jay Michael ... Cashier (uncredited)
Art Miles ... Green (uncredited)
Ken Nolan ... Cashier (uncredited)
Bud Osborne ... Stagecoach Driver (uncredited)
William Pagan ... Marshal (uncredited)
Tex Palmer ... Wagon Driver (uncredited)
Ed Payson ... Buck Hansen (uncredited)
Gil Perkins ... Fighter (uncredited)
Jack Perrin ... Stage Guard (uncredited)
Alonzo Price ... Mr. Wilson (uncredited)
Ruth Rickaby ... Kate (uncredited)
Don Rowan ... Blake (uncredited)
Dick Rush ... Saloon Waiter (uncredited)
Silver ... Tombstone's Horse (uncredited)
Smoke ... Jim's Horse (uncredited)
Richard Travis ... Joe Miller (uncredited)

Slim Whitaker ... Stable Owner (uncredited)

Directed by
Ford Beebe 
Ray Taylor 
Writing credits
Sherman L. Lowe (screenplay) (as Sherman Lowe) and
George H. Plympton (screenplay) (as George Plympton) and
Basil Dickey (screenplay) and
Jack O'Donnell (screenplay) (as Jack Connell)

Oliver Drake (original story) uncredited

Produced by
Henry MacRae .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Jerome Ash 
William A. Sickner  (as William Sickner)
Film Editing by
Joseph Gluck  (as Joseph Glick)
Louis Sackin 
Alvin Todd 
Art Direction by
Ralph M. DeLacy  (as Ralph DeLacy)
Visual Effects by
Cleo E. Baker .... miniatures (uncredited)
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Jack Casey .... stunt double (uncredited)
Art Dillard .... stunts (uncredited)
Leroy Johnson .... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... stunt double (uncredited)
Frank McCarroll .... stunt double (uncredited)
Leo J. McMahon .... stunts (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunt double (uncredited)
Ken Terrell .... stunt double (uncredited)
Duke York .... stunt double (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Saul A. Goodkind .... supervising editor
Music Department
Charles Previn .... musical director
Ralph Freed .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Karl Hajos .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
W. Franke Harling .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Charles Previn .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Frank Skinner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Jacques Jaccard .... dialogue director
Crew believed to be complete

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283 min (15 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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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.See more »
Continuity: Chapter 11, in the fight in the cave, Jim Benton jumps out to strike one of the outlaws with his gun, butt forward, then next shot, the gun is no longer seen, as he jumps on the outlaw and the fight begins.See more »
Jim Benton:Let's Went!See more »
Fingal's Cave OvertureSee more »


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Million Dollar Serial, Hidden Gold Included, 5 December 2004
Author: Mike-764 ( from Flushing, NY

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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