Death Valley Manhunt

Death Valley Manhunt is a 1943 American Western film directed by John English and written by Norman S. Hall and Anthony Coldeway. The film stars Wild Bill Elliott, George "Gabby" Hayes, Anne Jeffreys, Weldon Heyburn, Herbert Heyes and Davison Clark. The film was released on November 24, 1943, by Republic Pictures.[1][2][3]

Death Valley Manhunt
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohn English
Produced byEdward J. White
Screenplay byNorman S. Hall
Anthony Coldeway
Story byFred Myton
Edward J. White
StarringWild Bill Elliott
George "Gabby" Hayes
Anne Jeffreys
Weldon Heyburn
Herbert Heyes
Davison Clark
Music byMort Glickman
CinematographyErnest Miller
Edited byHarry Keller
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release date
  • November 24, 1943 (1943-11-24)
Running time
55 minutes
CountryUnited States


Marshall Wild Bill Elliot pursues a retirement of ranching after enjoying a successful career. Elliot's friend, Gabby Hayes tries to get him to go to Death Valley, where Hayes owns land used for oil drilling. Elliot declines the offer but Hayes travels to the area with his dog, Teabone. Whilst in the nearby town, Hayes speaks with his friend and fellow oil driller Tex Benson, who warns him not to come into contact with a certain Richard Quinn, the field manager of another oil extraction company who has secret attempts to sabotage smaller oil companies.

Following an attack on his well by Quinn's henchmen, Benson proceeds to steal equipment from Quinn's own well. Quinn then takes Benson to court where Judge Jim Hobart (who reluctantly works for Quinn) issues an arrest warrant for Benson. Marshall Hugh Ward is sent to arrest Benson, but ends up being killed accidentally. Quinn claims the death was a murder by Benson and has him imprisoned by Hobart. [4]



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