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Director  Spencer Gordon Bennet
Prequel  The Secret Code
Music director  Lee Zahler
Language  English
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Action, Adventure, Mystery
Sequel  Batman
Duration  
Country  United States
The Valley of Vanishing Men movie poster
Writer  Harry Fraser, Lewis Clay, George Gray
Release date  December 12, 1942 (1942-12-12)
Cast  Bill Elliott (Wild Bill Tolliver), Slim Summerville (Missouri Benson), Carmen Morales (Consuelo Ramirez), Kenneth MacDonald (Jonathan Kincaid), Jack Ingram (Butler), George Chesebro (Taggart)
Similar movies  The Green Archer, Hitman: Agent 47, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises, Mysterious Doctor Satan, The Spider's Web
Tagline  BREATH-TAKING THRILLS THUNDERING TO SIDE-SPLITTING LAUGHTER

The Valley of Vanishing Men (1942) was the 20th film serial (of 57) released by Columbia Pictures.

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Plot

In this serial, Wild Bill Tolliver and Missouri Benson are a pair of adventurers who ride into the vast territory of New Mexico in search of Bill's father, Henry Tolliver, who mysteriously disappeared while prospecting for gold. They soon discover that a ruthless outlaw leader, Jonathan Kincaid, owns an immense mine of gold in which he uses captured Mexican patriots, among others, to work as slaves in the mine. They also learn that Kincaid has joined forces with Colonel Carl Engler, a renegade eastern European soldier, to carry out his cruel intentions. Then Bill and Missouri meet with Consuelo Ramírez, a diligent Mexican agent, who informs them that Bill's father is among the prisoners in the mine. After that, the heroes find themselves in a conflict with the outlaws in the middle of incessant fights, chases and action.

Cast

  • Bill Elliott as Wild Bill Tolliver. Bill Elliott starred in three serials at Columbia Pictures, and The Valley of Vanishing Men was his last cliffhanger at that studio or anywhere else. Shortly after making this chapterplay, Elliott signed with Republic Pictures where his contract excluded him from doing any more serial work.
  • Slim Summerville as Missouri Benson
  • Carmen Morales as Consuelo Ramírez
  • Kenneth MacDonald as Jonathan Kincaid
  • Jack Ingram as Butler, a henchman
  • George Chesebro as Taggart, a henchman
  • John Shay as Mullins, a henchman
  • Tom London as Slater, a henchman
  • Arno Frey as Colonel Carl Engler
  • Lane Chandler as Major Stacy Roberts
  • Roy Barcroft as Deputy Jed "Luke" Lucas
  • Rick Anderson as Henry Tolliver
  • Ernie Adams as Stubby, bartender
  • Billy Bletcher as the voice of Jericho
  • Hank Bell as a wounded prospector
  • Production

    Writing about the film's atmosphere, Cline says that this serial was a "grim tale...[with a] mood of ominous dread." Missouri was added to the cast because a normal comedy relief character would have not have worked.

    Chapter titles

    1. Trouble in Canyon City
    2. The Mystery of Ghost Town
    3. Danger Walks by night
    4. Hillside Horror
    5. Guns in the Night
    6. The Bottomless Well
    7. The Man in the Gold Mask
    8. When the Devil Drives
    9. The Traitor's Shroud
    10. Death Strikes at Seven
    11. Satan in the Saddle
    12. The Mine of Missing Men
    13. Danger on Dome Rock
    14. The Door that Has No Key
    15. Empire's End

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    References

    The Valley of Vanishing Men Wikipedia
    The Valley of Vanishing Men IMDb The Valley of Vanishing Men themoviedb.org


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