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The "Riders" are a group of stout hearted men protecting local miners from the bad guys of the territory...Jim Benton and Tombstone head up the riders...at the other end of the story we have a pack of wolves lead by Wolf Reade, Kirby and Davis who control the town and want more, meaning gold and total power...Benton has part ownership in the "Lost Aztec Mine" along with Mary Morgan...can Benton fight off Wolf Reade and the other hyenas....each episode gets closer to the answer, watch this and relive those thrilling yesteryears of the Saturday Matinee.
Under director's Ford Beebe and Ray Taylor with screenplay by Sherman Lowe, George H Plympton and Basil Dickey...the cast include Dick Foran (Jim Benton), Leo Carrillo (Pancho Lopez), Buck Jones (Tombstone), Charles Bickford (Wolf Reade), Guinn "Big Boy" Williams (Borax Bill), Lon Chaney Jr (Butch - Henchman), Noah Beery Jr (Smokey), Jean Brooks (Mary Morgan), James Blaine (Joseph Kirby), Monte Blue (Rance Davis), Glenn Strange (Tex, sidekick toBenton), Roy Barcroft (Dirk - Henchman), Jack Rockwell (Trigger - Henchman)...Read more ›
It's a movie that grew on me after I watched it a couple of times. At first it seemed quite disjointed (probably from listening to other reviewers of the film) but after the second time I watched it, it became more entertaining and quite funny in its own way.
There's quite a bit of odd goofiness in this movie that doesn't seem to exactly fit but somehow they keep pulling it together enough for the movie to keep moving. Keep in mind the period when it was made and you'll see a lot more in this movie than you otherwise might.
Adolphe Menjou is the best part as the well meaning "Colonel Caraway" who befriends John Hubbard's character, "Drogo Gaines" and does his best to steer Drogo in the right direction. Of course it always seems that Drogo is getting into a little more trouble from Caraway's actions than he'd like but in the end, well, just watch the movie.
Jim Benton (Dick Foran) leads the "Riders of Death Valley" to protect miners and prospectors against outlaws, headed by Wolf Reade (Charles Bickford) but secretly hired by saloon owner Joseph Kirby (James Blaine), who wants to take over the miners' claims. An old prospector, Chuckawalla Charlie (Frank Austin) is brought into the saloon, dying, and gives Benton a map of his find, the "Lost Aztec" mine, making him co-heir with Mary Morgan (Jeanne Kelly), Chuckawalla's niece. When Kirby fails to gain possession the map, he has "The Wolf" pursue Benton and his party, resulting in a chase lasting most of the remaining 14 chapters. Opening titles are accompanied by the song "Ride Along" by Milton Rosen and Everett Carter, belted out by Foran and chorus in a studio, while the actors are shown riding and making faces as if they were singing. At least they don't do that during the chapters.
While mostly a repetitive running gun battle, it should be remembered that the chapters provided a weekly "fix" of cowboy action, and the plot wasn't especially important. It also didn't matter that some of the cliffhangers are not resolved convincingly; it was enough that the hero survived. Viewed with some time between the chapters, interest is maintained by the cast of familiar faces, and some well-managed humor.
Benton's riders include Tombstone (Buck Jones), Borax Bill (Guinn "Big Boy" Williams), and Pancho (Leo Carrillo).Read more ›
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I really enjoyed this movie!!! Very humorous and entertaining! Just another Amazon Prime movie that I had never heard of
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The grandchildren and I are to watch the final chapter next week with bated breath.Published 10 months ago by Bill Collins
I'm not a serial fan but this one is much better than most. Good action and some decent character touches. Buck Jones steals the show. Image quality is so-so.Published 15 months ago by Mark Mcgee
Same as my review for Rancho Grande - good clean entertainment by people who lead good clean lives, Never have heard a negative comment about Gene Autry or Mary Lee.Published 20 months ago by R. Ruess
you will love this gene autry movie ridin on a rainbow it is an excellent movie and the songs very good to so enjoy.Published 21 months ago by vernon egolf
poor sound quality, even for a 1941 movie...hard to follow because of the audio/visual quality...really hard for children to follow.Published on July 26, 2014 by Knipper
I have been a Gene Autry since childhood. I love all of his movies. I wish they made movies like this today. They were made for families without all the terrible language. Read morePublished on February 7, 2014 by Happy Girl
I've seen Road Show at least a dozen times and I always really enjoy it. No one makes better comedies than Hal Roach - his films may be silly but they deliver lots of laughs. Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by PoodleMommy