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Saga of Death Valley (1939)

In the opening scene Roy as a boy philosophizes about marriage to his girl friend then sees his dad gunned down by bad guys who want to drive out the ranchers by cutting off their water.


Joseph Kane


Karen DeWolf (screenplay), Stuart Anthony (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Complete credited cast:
Roy Rogers ... Roy Rogers aka Roy Reynolds
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Gabby Whittaker
Don 'Red' Barry ... Jerry (as Donald Barry)
Doris Day ... Ann Meredith
Frank M. Thomas ... Ed Tasker
Jack Ingram ... Henchman Brace
Hal Taliaferro ... Henchman Rex
Lew Kelly Lew Kelly ... Meredith
Fern Emmett ... Miss Minnie
Tommy Baker Tommy Baker ... Roy as a Boy
Buz Buckley Buz Buckley ... Tim as a Boy


When Tasker kills Roy Rogers he takes one of his young sons. Fifteen years later the other son Roy arrives buying a ranch in the valley where Tasker now controls the water supply. Roy organizes the ranchers for a showdown with Tasker not knowing that his brother is Tasker's chief henchman. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Action | Music | Western


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Release Date:

17 November 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Saga do Vale da Morte See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Nasty Protection Racket
21 June 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Saga Of Death Valley has villain Frank M. Thomas shoot down Lane Chandler in cold blood so that he can gain control of the water Chandler has on his ranch. One witness was left, the younger child of Chandler who grows up to be Don Barry who becomes his number one enforcer.

This western plays a lot like a Warner Brothers gangster feature with Thomas running a real nice protection racket with the ranchers in the valley. That is until the other and older son of Chandler shows up to claim his birthright and settle some scores and that of course is Roy Rogers.

Roy's leading lady is Doris Day, not THE Doris Day, but another actress with the same name who sang not a note with Roy. Can you imagine the nice music that Roy and the other Doris could have made? We might never have heard of Dale Evans who was several years in Roy's future.

Although Saga Of Death Valley has nothing to do with the real Death Valley of alkali, cactus, and borax, the film has a nice plot, good acting and is one of Roy's better early features.

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