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 »
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
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Fun for we who still believe in the heroic and, idealistic romance
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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