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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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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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ACTION! MYSTERY! COMEDY! All rolled into one thrilling Serial of the West! See more »


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17 December 1942 (USA)  »

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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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Opening theme music is "The Ride of the Valkeries" by Richard Wagner. 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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Wild Bill's Last Columbia Ride
28 March 2007 | by 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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