Saga of Death Valley (1939)

55 mins | Western | 22 November 1939

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HISTORY

Although the film contained some songs, their titles and composers have not been determined. Modern sources add Horace Murphy, Lane Chandler, Fred Burns, Jimmy Wakely, Johnny Bond, Dick Reinhart, Peter Frago, Ed Brady, Bob Thomas , Matty Roubert, Pascale Perry, Cactus Mack, Art Dillard, Horace B. Carpenter, Hooper Atchley, Frankie Marvin, Jess Caven and Trigger to the ... More Less

Although the film contained some songs, their titles and composers have not been determined. Modern sources add Horace Murphy, Lane Chandler, Fred Burns, Jimmy Wakely, Johnny Bond, Dick Reinhart, Peter Frago, Ed Brady, Bob Thomas , Matty Roubert, Pascale Perry, Cactus Mack, Art Dillard, Horace B. Carpenter, Hooper Atchley, Frankie Marvin, Jess Caven and Trigger to the cast. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
22 Nov 39
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Sep 39
pp. 6-7.
Motion Picture Herald
25 Nov 39
p. 42.
Variety
6 Mar 40
p. 18.
DETAILS
Release Date:
22 November 1939
Production Date:
began late September 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
22 November 1939
Copyright Number:
LP9243
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA High Fidelity Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
55
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5805
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

While still a schoolboy, Roy Rogers sees his father murdered and his younger brother Tim kidnapped by Ed Tasker, the leader of a band of desperadoes operating in Death Valley. Fifteen years later, Roy returns to the valley as Roy Reynolds, the new owner of the Circle R ranch, to avenge his father's murder. Roy learns from Gabby, the ranch foreman, and his neighbors, the Merediths, that Tasker now controls the town, the sheriff and the water rights, and has been extorting protection money from the ranchers. Unknown to Roy, Tim has been brought up by Tasker as his nephew Jerry and is now a lieutenant in the outlaw's army. Soon after Roy's arrival, Tasker demands protection money, and Roy pretends to comply with his demands while secretly organizing Gabby and the men into a band of riders to oppose Tasker's rule. In retaliation, Tasker intensifies the raids and orders Tim to attack the Meredith ranch. After Tim kills Meredith, Roy and his men arrive to drive the outlaws away, and in the ensuing struggle, Roy recognizes Tim. Realizing that Roy must be the leader of the rebels, Tasker plans to blow up the local dam and kill him, but Roy overhears the plot and rides to save the dam. Confronted by Roy's men, Tasker and Tim retreat, and Roy follows. When faced with Roy's guns, Tasker reveals that Tim is the cowboy's brother. As Tasker tries to escape, he and Tim exchange bullets, and Tim dies in his brother's ... +


While still a schoolboy, Roy Rogers sees his father murdered and his younger brother Tim kidnapped by Ed Tasker, the leader of a band of desperadoes operating in Death Valley. Fifteen years later, Roy returns to the valley as Roy Reynolds, the new owner of the Circle R ranch, to avenge his father's murder. Roy learns from Gabby, the ranch foreman, and his neighbors, the Merediths, that Tasker now controls the town, the sheriff and the water rights, and has been extorting protection money from the ranchers. Unknown to Roy, Tim has been brought up by Tasker as his nephew Jerry and is now a lieutenant in the outlaw's army. Soon after Roy's arrival, Tasker demands protection money, and Roy pretends to comply with his demands while secretly organizing Gabby and the men into a band of riders to oppose Tasker's rule. In retaliation, Tasker intensifies the raids and orders Tim to attack the Meredith ranch. After Tim kills Meredith, Roy and his men arrive to drive the outlaws away, and in the ensuing struggle, Roy recognizes Tim. Realizing that Roy must be the leader of the rebels, Tasker plans to blow up the local dam and kill him, but Roy overhears the plot and rides to save the dam. Confronted by Roy's men, Tasker and Tim retreat, and Roy follows. When faced with Roy's guns, Tasker reveals that Tim is the cowboy's brother. As Tasker tries to escape, he and Tim exchange bullets, and Tim dies in his brother's arms. +

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