Riders of Death Valley

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Riders of Death Valley

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Riders of Death Valley

Release Date: July 01, 1941

Year    :   1941
Slogan    :   «A MILLION-DOLLAR SUPER SERIAL! With a thousand teeming thrills in 15 exciting chapters!»
Genres    :   Action, Western
Production Companies    :   Universal Pictures
Director    :   Ford Beebe, Ray Taylor
Producers    :   Henry MacRae
Writers    :   Basil Dickey, George H. Plympton, Sherman L. Lowe, Oliver Drake, Jacques Jaccard, Jack O'Donnell
RunTime    :   283 mins.
Budget    :   1000000

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.

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