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Riders of Death Valley (1941)

A MILLION-DOLLAR SUPER SERIAL! With a thousand teeming thrills in 15 exciting chapters!

The Saturday matinee crowd got two cowboy stars for the price of one in this lavishly budgeted western serial starring former singing cowboy Dick Foran and Buck Jones. The latter contributed deadpan humor to the proceedings, making Jones perhaps the highest paid B-western comedy relief in history. The two heroes defend the Death Valley borax miners from an outlaw gang headed by Wolf Reade. An extraordinarily strong cast -- for a serial, at least -- supported the stars, headed by Charles Bickford as Reade, Leo Carillo, Lon Chaney, Jr., and silent screen star Monte Blue. Leading lady Jeanne Kelly later changed her name to Jean Brooks and starred in the atmospheric RKO thriller The Seventh Victim (1943). Universal claimed to have spent $1 million on this serial and made sure to get their money's worth by endlessly recycling the action footage in serials and B-westerns for years to come.

Original Title: Riders of Death Valley

Regia:
  • Ray Taylor
  • Ford Beebe
Sceneggiatura:
  • Anno: 1941
  • Durata: 283 min.
  • Paese:
  • Language: English
  • Budget: $1,000,000

Dick Foran

Jim Benton

Charles Bickford

Wolf Reade

Lon Chaney Jr.

Henchman Butch

Guinn Williams

Borax Bill

Glenn Strange

Tex, a Benton Rider

Monte Blue

Rance Davis

Roy Barcroft

Henchman Dirk

Leo Carrillo

Pancho Lopez

Jean Brooks

Mary Morgan (as Jeanne Kelly)

Ernie Adams

Cactus Pete, Prospector [Ch.14]

Buck Jones

Tombstone

James Blaine

Joseph Kirby

Jack Rockwell

Henchman Trigger

Ethan Laidlaw

Henchman Rusty

Richard Alexander

Henchman Pete Grump

William Hall

Dan Gordon [Chs. 1, 8-10]

Slim Whitaker

Stable Owner

Bud Osborne

Stagecoach Driver

Bob Burns

Miner in Saloon

Gil Perkins

Fighter

Jack Perrin

Stage Guard

Silver

Tombstone's Horse

Richard Travis

Joe Miller
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