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Riders of Death Valley (1941)

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283 min | Action, Western

The story centers about a group of vigilantes organized to protect miners in the picturesque but sinister days of the California gold strike. Jim Benton (Dick Foran) and Tombstone (Buck Jones) lead their "riders", Pancho Lopez (Leo ...See moreThe story centers about a group of vigilantes organized to protect miners in the picturesque but sinister days of the California gold strike. Jim Benton (Dick Foran) and Tombstone (Buck Jones) lead their "riders", Pancho Lopez (Leo Carrillo) , Smokey (Noah Beery Jr.), Borax Bill (Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams) and Tex (Glenn Strange), in a raid on a fake Protection League, organized by crooked connivers to gain control over the biggest claims in the Panamint region. They have barely restored peace and withdrawn to the saloon to be toasted by the grateful miners when the wounded Chuckawalla Charley Morgan (Frank Austin), an old desert rat, is carried in and reveals he has traced the Lost Aztec mine...a search in which he and Benton were partners, since the latter had grub-staked him. Chuckawalla asks Benton to give his share to his niece, Mary Morgan (Jean Brooks as Jeanne Kelly), and gasps his last breath. Just then, Benton gets a tip that Wolf Reade (Charles Bickford) and his gang of death valley terrorists, including Butch (Lon Chaney Jr.) , have made to plans to rob the incoming stagecoach, which has Mary and Tombstone as passengers. Reade kills the stagecoach driver before Benton's riders arrive, and the stagecoach horses careen toward a rickety mountain bridge...and death yawns below for Mary and Tombstone. (Continued next week in Chapter Two: "Menacing Herd") Written by Les Adams See less
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Writers
Sherman L. Lowe (screenplay) (as Sherman Lowe) | George H. Plympton (screenplay) (as George Plympton) | Basil Dickey (screenplay) | Jack O'Donnell (screenplay) (as Jack Connell) | Oliver Drake (original story)
Cinematographers
Jerome Ash | William A. Sickner (as William Sickner)
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Budget
$ 1,000,000
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Release date
Jul 1, 1941 (United States)

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52 cast members
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Dick Foran
Jim Benton Jim Benton   See fewer
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Leo Carrillo
Pancho Lopez Pancho Lopez   See fewer
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Buck Jones
Tombstone Tombstone   See fewer
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Charles Bickford
Wolf Reade Wolf Reade   See fewer
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Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams
Borax Bill Borax Bill   See fewer
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Lon Chaney Jr.
Henchman Butch Henchman Butch   See fewer
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Jean Brooks
Mary Morgan (as Jeanne Kelly) Mary Morgan (as Jeanne Kelly)   See fewer
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James Blaine
Joseph Kirby Joseph Kirby   See fewer
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Monte Blue
Rance Davis Rance Davis   See fewer
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Glenn Strange
Tex, a Benton Rider Tex, a Benton Rider   See fewer
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Roy Barcroft
Henchman Dirk Henchman Dirk   See fewer
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Jack Rockwell
Henchman Trigger Henchman Trigger   See fewer
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Ethan Laidlaw
Henchman Rusty Henchman Rusty   See fewer
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Richard Alexander
Henchman Pete Grump Henchman Pete Grump   See fewer
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Frank Austin
Chuckawalla Charlie Morgan [Ch. 1] Chuckawalla Charlie Morgan [Ch. 1]   See fewer
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Charles Thomas
Rimrock [Ch. 4] Rimrock [Ch. 4]   See fewer
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William Hall
Dan Gordon [Chs. 1, 8-10] Dan Gordon [Chs. 1, 8-10]   See fewer
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James Guilfoyle
Judge Knox [Chs. 2, 13-14] Judge Knox [Chs. 2, 13-14]   See fewer
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Ernie Adams
Cactus Pete, Prospector [Ch.14] Cactus Pete, Prospector [Ch.14]   See fewer
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Ted Adams
Hank (Ch. 5) (uncredited) Hank (Ch. 5) (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank Brownlee
Slim (Ch. 1) (uncredited) Slim (Ch. 1) (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bob Burns
Miner in Saloon (Ch. 1) (uncredited) Miner in Saloon (Ch. 1) (uncredited)   See fewer
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Rod Cameron
Rider (uncredited) Rider (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Rube Clifford
Lafe Hogan (uncredited) Lafe Hogan (uncredited)   See fewer
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Edmund Cobb
Salty (Ch's 11 & 12) (uncredited) Salty (Ch's 11 & 12) (uncredited)   See fewer
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Art Dillard
Miner (Ch. 11) (uncredited) Miner (Ch. 11) (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jim Farley
Graham (Ch's 1 & 15) (uncredited) Graham (Ch's 1 & 15) (uncredited)   See fewer
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Chick Hannan
Miner (uncredited) Miner (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jerome Harte
Richards (Ch. 15) (uncredited) Richards (Ch. 15) (uncredited)   See fewer
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Al Haskell
Barfly (Ch. 1) (uncredited) Barfly (Ch. 1) (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jimmie Lucas
Saloon Waiter (Ch. 13) (uncredited) Saloon Waiter (Ch. 13) (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank McCarroll
Lyncher (Ch. 9) (uncredited) Lyncher (Ch. 9) (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ivor McFadden
Bragg (uncredited) Bragg (uncredited)   See fewer
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Leo J. McMahon
Barfly (Ch. 10) (uncredited) Barfly (Ch. 10) (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jay Michael
Cashier (uncredited) Cashier (uncredited)   See fewer
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Art Miles
Green (uncredited) Green (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ken Nolan
Cashier (uncredited) Cashier (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bud Osborne
Stagecoach Driver (Ch. 15) (uncredited) Stagecoach Driver (Ch. 15) (uncredited)   See fewer
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William Pagan
Marshal (Ch. 9) (uncredited) Marshal (Ch. 9) (uncredited)   See fewer
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Tex Palmer
Wagon Driver (uncredited) Wagon Driver (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ed Payson
Buck Hansen (uncredited) Buck Hansen (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gil Perkins
Fighter (uncredited) Fighter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Perrin
Stage Guard (Ch. 1) (uncredited) Stage Guard (Ch. 1) (uncredited)   See fewer
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Alonzo Price
Mr. Wilson (uncredited) Mr. Wilson (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ruth Rickaby
Kate (uncredited) Kate (uncredited)   See fewer
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Don Rowan
Blake (Ch. 11) (uncredited) Blake (Ch. 11) (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dick Rush
Saloon Waiter (uncredited) Saloon Waiter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Tombstone's Horse (uncredited) Tombstone's Horse (uncredited)   See fewer
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Smoke
Jim's Horse (uncredited) Jim's Horse (uncredited)   See fewer
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Richard Travis
Joe Miller (uncredited) Joe Miller (uncredited)   See fewer
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Slim Whitaker
Stable Owner (Ch. 10) (uncredited) Stable Owner (Ch. 10) (uncredited)   See fewer
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