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Death Valley Days 

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Western stories and legends based, and filmed, in and around Death Valley, California. One of the longest-running Western series, originating on radio in the 1930s. The continuing sponsor was "20 Mule Team" Borax, a product formerly mined in Death Valley.

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Ruth Woodman
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Stanley Andrews ...  Old Ranger / ... 296 episodes, 1952-1964
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Western stories and legends based, and filmed, in and around Death Valley, California. One of the longest-running Western series, originating on radio in the 1930s. The continuing sponsor was "20 Mule Team" Borax, a product formerly mined in Death Valley.

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Western

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Borax Inc [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Call of the West See more »

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Runtime:

(532 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The first eleven seasons were filmed in black and white, and the final seven seasons were filmed in Technicolor, and on-location in Utah. The first eleven seasons were filmed at locations in Southern California, while several episodes were filmed on an indoor set. See more »

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The majority of the weapons shown in the series are not time appropriate. Most were models which came into existence from late 1870s and afterward well after the major wagon trains heading west had long since ended. See more »

Alternate Versions

Episodes were syndicated under four different titles: "The Pioneers," "Trails West," "Western Star Theater" and "Call of the West." See more »

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Referenced in Born in East L.A. (1987) See more »

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A Genuine Classic
19 June 2017 | by hackraytexSee all my reviews

This was truly one of the great series from the Golden Age of Television. They had a distinguished roster of hosts: Stanley Andrews (1952-1964), Ronald Reagan (1964-1965), Rosemary DeCamp (1965), Robert Taylor (1966-1969), Dale Robertson (1969-1970). It was definitely one of the "must see" shows in my home at that time.

One of the elements that set it apart was that the programs were based on historical people, legends, and incidents. I give it an 8 out of 10 only because like the Hollywood westerns of that time, little or no attention was paid to have the characters and props match the era in which the programs were but I guess they had a tight budget. I watched shows today from the 1850's to the 1890's and everyone was wearing the same clothes and had hair and grooming styles from the 1950's. Also because it was only 30 minutes long, I guess it was necessary to edit the stories and sometimes they did not match up with what really happened.

This was the last series that Ronald Reagan acted in before he entered politics and regardless of what critics said about him, his acting chops were spot on and he looked like he enjoyed participating in this show. I wish he had gotten involved in it earlier and had gotten to perform more in the episodes. Like his son Ron Reagan said when he was asked what his father might have done if he had stayed in acting, Ron said he thought his father would have ended up hosting something like "Unsolved Mysteries". Ronald Reagan could not have picked a better show to end his acting career with. Rest in peace lady and gentlemen. A job well done.


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