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The Valley of Vanishing Men (1942)

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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(original screenplay) (as Harry Fraser), (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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
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Major Stacy Roberts
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Deputy Jed 'Luke' Lucas
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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 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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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missouri | mine | mexico | mexican | slave | See All (124) »

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Hair-trigger, hair-raising adventure thundering to rib-tickling history! See more »


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17 December 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El valle de los desaparecidos  »

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(15 episodes)

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The climax (cliff-hanger) for chapter 10, "Death Strikes at Seven", is stock footage from Columbia's Phantom Gold (1938) western, also produced by Larry Darmour Productions. See more »

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Opening sequence show men turning a wheel, one man briefly glances toward the camera. See more »

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Ride of the Valkyries
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Written by Richard Wagner (full orchestration in 1856)
Opening theme music is an arrangement by Lee Zahler
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Fun for we who still believe in the heroic and, idealistic romance
8 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Bill Eliot Columbia Serials are the best serial westerns. The music itself, stirring and melodramatic, matches the settings, story and cast which, for a serial, have Epic proportions. While Overland With Kit Carson has real West location in desert and mountain forests, "Valley" makes good use of the familiar Iverson Ranch/ Chatsworth CA movie location. Republic serials, Westerns and otherwise, simply did it to death. It is now a high price suburbia. In both "Valley" and "Kit Carson' the bad guys are quite original creations and a convincing atmosphere of meanness and evil pervades throughout. The historical slant of Valleyis a cut above the usual Hollywood western. Slim Summerville's comic relief is also above the usual old codger role and is entertaining. Like Republic's "Painted Stallion" serial, "Valley" is into the struggles and intrigues of the "new" free Meico of Juarez in the new territory of New Mexico. Both Valley and Kit Carson I number in the ten best serials.


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