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Sherman L. Lowe (screenplay) and
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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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One of the dullest serials despite the cast See more (5 total) »


  (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 (Ch. 5) (uncredited)
Frank Brownlee ... Slim (Ch. 1) (uncredited)
Bob Burns ... Miner in Saloon (Ch. 1) (uncredited)

Rod Cameron ... Rider (uncredited)

Jack Rube Clifford ... Lafe Hogan (uncredited)

Edmund Cobb ... Salty (Ch's 11 & 12) (uncredited)
Art Dillard ... Miner (Ch. 11) (uncredited)
Jim Farley ... Graham (Ch's 1 & 15) (uncredited)
Chick Hannan ... Miner (uncredited)
Jerome Harte ... Richards (Ch. 15) (uncredited)
Al Haskell ... Barfly (Ch. 1) (uncredited)
Jimmie Lucas ... Saloon Waiter (Ch. 13) (uncredited)
Frank McCarroll ... Lyncher (Ch. 9) (uncredited)
Ivor McFadden ... Bragg (uncredited)
Leo J. McMahon ... Barfly (Ch. 10) (uncredited)
Jay Michael ... Cashier (uncredited)
Art Miles ... Green (uncredited)
Ken Nolan ... Cashier (uncredited)

Bud Osborne ... Stagecoach Driver (Ch. 15) (uncredited)
William Pagan ... Marshal (Ch. 9) (uncredited)
Tex Palmer ... Wagon Driver (uncredited)
Ed Payson ... Buck Hansen (uncredited)
Gil Perkins ... Fighter (uncredited)

Jack Perrin ... Stage Guard (Ch. 1) (uncredited)
Alonzo Price ... Mr. Wilson (uncredited)
Ruth Rickaby ... Kate (uncredited)
Don Rowan ... Blake (Ch. 11) (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 (Ch. 10) (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 6, being pursued by Wolfe's gang, Jim tosses a keg of powder into their path and explodes it, but after the smoke clears you can see a whole keg.See more »
Jim Benton:Let's Went!See more »
Ride AlongSee more »


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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
One of the dullest serials despite the cast, 25 June 2008
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York

With a cast of Western B movie royalty this was billed as "The million dollar serial." Its also an hour long programmer stretched to an ungodly length.

Dick Foran, Leo Castillo, Lon Chaney, Noah Beery Jr, Buck Jones and several others are brought together to tell the story of bunch of cowboys fighting to find and maintain a lost gold mine. Its a typical tale thats been told a thousand times before in an hour long movie, only this time its being told in way that lasts five times that. It doesn't need it.

To be honest the cast almost makes this worth watching, however the pacing and story line of the first 8 or 9 chapters is what I call the "40 years in the wilderness". Its a long haul where not much really happens. To be certain watching on a chapter by chapter basis this works better than trying to do it in one sitting, but at the same time the rewards beyond the great cast are minimal. Lets face it its just really dull.

For western fans or fans of the stars only.

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