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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)

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 »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: Opening Sequences: singing doesn't match lip movements.See more »
Jim Benton:Let's Went!See more »
Ride AlongSee more »


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Interminable length for a B western plot, 28 April 2014
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

I'm not a fan of movie serials in general. I think it's an art form that has come and thankfully gone. Especially a western serial like this where Universal Pictures got an interesting name cast for Riders Of Death Valley.

The plot is one that could have been used for a good B western. Dick Foran and Buck Jones head the Riders Of Death Valley, a vigilante outfit formed because the law is ineffective against ruthless outlaws like Charles Bickford and Lon Chaney, Jr.

The whole serial is longer than Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments sound version and not nearly as good. The first part is Foran and company battling Bickford to locate a lost mine. The second part is Foran trying to work his mine and at the same time meet his financial obligations.

Through fifteen chapters Foran manages to survive, a landslide, a desert sandstorm, a mine accident, stampeding horses, and a framed murder charge. Just one is enough for any cowboy hero.

Serials were never meant to be viewed as I did on a DVD at home. 20 or so minute chapters every week back in the old days. But even at that I suspect they're no better.

With a length longer than a biblical spectacle, it must have taken Universal a long time and a big budget to film Riders Of Death Valley. It was a waste of time.

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