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The Rider of Death Valley (1932)

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78 min | Western

Bill Joyce(Willard Roberston) has struck gold in the desert, and Tom Rigby(Tom Mix)rides into Red Dog to convince his deserting cowhands not to go wildly prospecting for gold.Joyce is celebrating in the saloon as Tom discovers his little ...See moreBill Joyce(Willard Roberston) has struck gold in the desert, and Tom Rigby(Tom Mix)rides into Red Dog to convince his deserting cowhands not to go wildly prospecting for gold.Joyce is celebrating in the saloon as Tom discovers his little girl Betty(Edith Fellows), completly forgotten, waiting outside for her father. Tom send Joyce out to his daughter, while "Doc" Larribe(Forrest Stanley), Red Dog's shady medico,and Lew Grant(Fred Kohler) contemplate ways to take Joyce's fortune away from him. Joyce is later shot in the back, and Tom sends for Larribe.Joyce gives Larribe the location map of his mine and begs him to summon his sister Helen(Lois Wilson) from back east and turn it over to her for Betty.Larribe agrees and winks knowingly to Grant as Joyce dies. Tom steps up and takes the map from Larribe, tears it into three pieces and gives one to each of the men and keeps the third for himself. Tom tends to Betty until her aunt arrives, but when he innocently takes her into the saloon to buy her a bottle of soda water, Helen is enraged and takes the third portion of the map from Tom. But Tom demands that Larribe and Grant go to the desert with him and locate the mine first for Helen and Betty.Helen, still mad at Tom and not knowing he is interested only in securing the mine for she and Betty, insists on going along.They make two-thirds of the map journey and Tom, knowing the mine location from his piece of the map, burns it to keep it out of the hands of Laribee and Grant. A fight ensues during which the horses drawing the buckboard---loaded with all of the water and supplies---run away, leaving Tom, Helen,Larribee and Grant stranded in the desert.The situation is now dry, gritty and dire. Written by Les Adams See less
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Albert S. Rogell (as Albert Rogell)
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Updated Apr 24, 1932

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Apr 24, 1932 (United States)

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29 cast members
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Tom Mix
Tom Rigby Tom Rigby   See fewer
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Lois Wilson
Helen Joyce Helen Joyce   See fewer
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Fred Kohler
Lew Grant Lew Grant   See fewer
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Forrest Stanley
Doc Larribee Doc Larribee   See fewer
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Edith Fellows
Betty Joyce Betty Joyce   See fewer
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Willard Robertson
Bill Joyce Bill Joyce   See fewer
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Mae Busch
Tillie Tillie   See fewer
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Tony the Horse
Tony - Tom's Horse (as Tony) Tony - Tom's Horse (as Tony)   See fewer
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Max Asher
Actor (uncredited) Actor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ted Billings
Rigby Rider (uncredited) Rigby Rider (uncredited)   See fewer
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Fred Burns
Rigby Rider (uncredited) Rigby Rider (uncredited)   See fewer
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Edmund Cobb
Rigby Hand (uncredited) Rigby Hand (uncredited)   See fewer
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Iron Eyes Cody
Indian (uncredited) Indian (uncredited)   See fewer
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Richard Cramer
Claim Salesman (uncredited) Claim Salesman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank Darien
Elmer - Assayer (uncredited) Elmer - Assayer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank Hagney
Gambler (uncredited) Gambler (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Le Moyne
Rigby Rider (uncredited) Rigby Rider (uncredited)   See fewer
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William McCall
Barfly (uncredited) Barfly (uncredited)   See fewer
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Merrill McCormick
Rigby Rider (uncredited) Rigby Rider (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lafe McKee
Prospector (uncredited) Prospector (uncredited)   See fewer
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Robert McKenzie
Joe - Bartender (uncredited) Joe - Bartender (uncredited)   See fewer
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Pete Morrison
Cowhand (uncredited) Cowhand (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Raymond
Mexican (uncredited) Mexican (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bob Reeves
Rigby Rider (uncredited) Rigby Rider (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harry Tenbrook
Gambler (uncredited) Gambler (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dorothy Vernon
Pioneer Woman (uncredited) Pioneer Woman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lloyd Whitlock
Realtor (uncredited) Realtor (uncredited)   See fewer
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7.4 / 10 | 53 votes