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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 »
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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 Rube 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)

Did You Know?

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 two: During the wild horse stampede you can see some wranglers in the distance.See more »
Jim Benton:Let's Went!See more »
Ride AlongSee more »


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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
The Million Dollar Serial!, 4 May 2002
Author: ( from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Universal reportedly budgeted one million dollars for "Riders of Death Valley" a sum unheard of in "B" movie circles. It has more of everything..a large cast, extensive location shots, lots of action, plenty of chases and shootouts etc. In spite of the grand scale, there are also plenty of the usual "B" movie cliches. There are obvious stock footage shots used, nobody can hit the broadside of a barn (on both sides of the law) and... well there's just too much overkill in trying to raise this serial above the norm.

The plot is simple. The "Riders" of the title are a group of riders protecting local miners from the bad guys. Heading up the riders are Jim Benton and his pal Tombstone (Dick Foran, Buck Jones). Opposing them are Wolf Reade (Charles Bickford) and his "wolf pack" backed up by "respectable town citizens" Kirby and Davis (James Blaine, Monte Blue). Benton acquires joint ownership in the "Lost Aztec Mine" with heroine Mary (Jeanne Kelly) and the rest of the story concerns their efforts to hold on to their property.

Dick Foran who appears to do most of his own action scenes, makes a likeable hero in the lead. The legendary Buck Jones, who had been around westerns since 1918, was about to re-start his career after this one in the "Rough Rider" series just prior to his tragic death in 1942. Jones, getting along in years, is visibly doubled (by Rod Cameron I'm told) in virtually all of his action and riding scenes.

Rounding out the "Riders" are Leo Carillo playing virtually the same character, Pancho that he would portray in the "Cisco Kid" series, Guinn "Big Boy" Williams as "Borax", Glenn Strange as "Tex" and Noah Berry Jr. as "Smokey", a character we hardly ever see. Veteran Edmund Cobb plays the mine foreman who can't seem to keep the baddies locked up.

On the wrong side of the law, this serial was elevated a notch by the casting of Bickford (in black hat and mustache) as the chief villain. As far as I know, this was his only "B" western. His "Wolf Pack" includes such luminaries as Lon Chaney Jr. (wasted again), Roy Barcroft and Dick Alexander.

All in all though, "Riders of Death Valley" is one of the better western serials of the period, although Republic Pictures probably could have done it better with less.

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