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Riders of Death Valley [Serial]
     

Riders of Death Valley [Serial]

Director: Ford I. Beebe, Ray Taylor

Cast: Ford I. Beebe, Ray Taylor, Noah Beery Jr., Charles Bickford

 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Universal's "Million Dollar Serial" Riders of Death Valley may well have cost far less but it did come with perhaps the best cast ever assembled for a chapterplay. Dick Foran may not be everyone's idea of a cowboy or serial hero but sidekick Buck Jones most certainly fits the bill and such stalwart second bananas as Leo Carrillo, Guinn "Big Boy" Williams and Noah Beery, Jr. all add color to the proceedings. Jeanne Kelly, who came to prominence at RKO during World War II as Jean Brooks, is more intriguing than the standard issue serial heroine and Charles Bickford is his usual dependable self, an acting capacity seldom seen in such down-market surroundings. Add to that a rousing opening montage that includes On the debit side, Riders of Death Valley utilizes quite a bit of ill-matching stock footage and the canned background score, culled from the Universal stock library, seems overly intrusive at times. Worst of all, the cliffhanger solutions are not so much surprising escapes but a matter of the characters' total invincibility. In chapter two, to name but one example, Dick Foran, or a dummy representing the star, is visibly trampled down by a herd of wild horses. Yet when the dust clears, Foran emerges without a single scratch. Such "cheating" obviously lessen whatever impact cliffhangers may have had.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/09/2015
UPC:
0644827170029
Original Release:
1941
Source:
Nostalgia Family
Sales rank:
30,932

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