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The Valley of Vanishing Men (1942)

Passed  -  Action | Adventure | Mystery  -  17 December 1942 (USA)
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Wild Bill Tolliver and Missouri Benson ride into the territory of New Mexico to search for Bill's father, Henry Tolliver, who disappeared while prospecting. They discover that a ruthless ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Bill Elliott ...
Wild Bill Tolliver
Missouri Benson
Carmen Morales ...
Consuelo Ramirez
Kenneth MacDonald ...
Jonathan Kincaid
Jack Ingram ...
Henchman Butler
George Chesebro ...
Henchman Taggart
John Shay ...
Henchman Mullins
Tom London ...
Henchman Slater
Arno Frey ...
Colonel Engler
Lane Chandler ...
Major Stacy Roberts
Roy Barcroft ...
Deputy Jed 'Luke' Lucas


Wild Bill Tolliver and Missouri Benson ride into the territory of New Mexico to search for Bill's father, Henry Tolliver, who disappeared while prospecting. They discover that a ruthless outlaw leader, Jonathan Kincaid, has joined forces with Carl Engler, a renegade European general, and Kincaid owns a giant gold mine and uses captured Mexican patriots, and others, to work as slaves on his property. Bill and Missouri become friendly with Consuelo Romeros, an agent for the Mexican government, and they learns that Bill's father is among the prisoner/slaves in the mine. After freeing his father, Bill sets out to smash both the slave-mine operation and Engler's attempts to overthrow Benito Juarez, the legal president of Mexico. Written by Les Adams <>

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Release Date:

17 December 1942 (USA)  »

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The Valley of Vanishing Men  »

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(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Chapter Titles:
  • 1. Trouble in Canyon City (PCA #8151)
  • 2. The Mystery of Ghost City (PCA #8152)
  • 3. Danger Walks By Night (PCA #8153)
  • 4. Hillside Horror (PCA #8154)
  • 5. Guns in the Night (PCA #8155)
  • 6. The Bottomless Well (PCA #8156)
  • 7. The Man in the Gold Mask (PCA #8157)
  • 8. When the Devil Drives (PCA #8158)
  • 9. The Traitor's Shroud (PCA #8159)
  • 10. Death Strikes at Seven (PCA #8160)
  • 11. Satan in the Saddle (PCA #8161)
  • 12. The Mine of Missing Men (PCA #8162)
  • 13. Danger on Dome Rock (PCA #8163)
  • 14. The Door That Has No Key (PCA #8164)
  • 15. Empire's End (PCA #8165)
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Wild Bill's Last Columbia Ride
28 March 2007 | by (Flushing, NY) – See all my reviews

Following the Civil War, Wild Bill Tolliver goes in search of his father, a geologist who has gone missing. He discovers that his father's disappearance is tied in with the activities of Jonathan Kincaid, a renegade who is plotting with aides of Emperor Maximillian to overthrow Benito Juarez from power in Mexico. Teaming up with his buddy, Missouri Benson, Tolliver must help friends such as Consuela Ramirez (who is trying to aid Juarez' cause) and stop Kincaid's army from raiding towns and driving out settlers & putting them in slave labor in Kincaid's gold mine. Simple plot but since its a Spencer Bennet serial you know its loaded with action and this serial is no exception but also look for interesting touches by Bennet added on. Rumor had it that Columbia forced Elliott to do this serial (a genre Elliott did not enjoy) due to his signing a new contract w/ Republic, but this does not give off in another solid Elliott performance. MacDonald gives off his best serial performance as the slick and cunning Kincaid using his stoic delivery to great advantage. Some may find Summerville annoying as the generic comic relief, but his antics managed to grow on me. Morales is hardly used to advantage in the serial. The serial does start off slow & generic in my opinion, but the action hardly lets up after chapter 5 and chapter 14 gives a great cliffhanger (with an excellent resolution). Rating, based on serials, 8.5.

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