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The Rider of Death Valley (1932)

Approved | | Western | 24 April 1932 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Tom Mix ... Tom Rigby
Lois Wilson ... Helen Joyce
Fred Kohler ... Lew Grant
Forrest Stanley ... Doc Larribee
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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 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... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Tom Mix and his Wonder Horse TONY in a UNIVERSAL PICTURE See more »




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Release Date:

24 April 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Destry of Death Valley See more »

Filming Locations:

Calabasas, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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26 September 2004 | by TRunfaloSee all my reviews

I agree with the comments of the person from Arkansas. I saw the movie on television during the late fifties and I have never really forgotten it. I was only 14 years old at the time and a Gene Autry fan but seeing both Tom Mix and the film The Rider of Death Valley made an immense impression on me. I can understand how Tom Mix can truly claim the title as the real King of the Cowboys. I will never forget the scenes in Death Valley and during a recent visit to the Lone Pine California area I made a point to visit the outer areas of Death Valley all because of my memories of this great film. Truly a gritty, austere film well worth seeing. I only wish the powers to be at Universal would restore the film and release it again.

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