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Death Valley Days

Death Valley Days Cast

Series Description

The Death Valley Days TV show was a 30 minute anthology western action series that aired in sydication on CBS stations for a whopping 23 years from 1952-1975! It was about the pioneers, gunfighters, shopkeepers, and legendary figures who lived in and around Death Valley, California in the 1800s.

Series Hosts:

Stanley Andrews ......... Host (1952-1965)
Ronald Reagan ........... Host (1965-1966)
Robert Taylor ........... Host (1966-1968)
Dale Robertson .......... Host (1968-1972)
John Payne .............. Host (1972-1975)
Merle Haggard ........... Host (1975)

Death Valley Days Trivia


There was also a Death Valley Days radio show that was broadcast from 1930 to 1945.

The sponsor remained the same throughout the radio and television broadcasts of Death Valley Days. "20 Mule Team Borax was and still is a cleaning agent used as a laundry booster and general housecleaning detergent. It is made from a material mined in Death Valley.

Ronald Reagan's appearances as host of Death Valley Days was his last show business gig before beginning his second career in politics. He did pretty well at that, becoming the Governor of California the very next year! After a couple of failed attempts, he eventually became the 40th President of the United States in 1981.

Ronald Reagan did not simply host Death Valley Days. He also appeared in several episodes as did Robert Taylor who took over as host when Reagan left in 1966.

Death Valley Days got an Emmy nomination in 1955 for "Best Western or Adventure Series" but lost out to "Stories of the Century". Fellow nominees were "Annie Oakley", "The Roy Rogers Show", and "Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok".

You may have seen episodes of Death Valley Days and not even realized it! In 1958 episodes were rerun under the title, "Trails West" and hosted by Ray Milland. In 1963 episodes were rerun as "Western Star Theater" hosted by Rory Calhoun and in 1964 more were rerun as "The Pioneers" hosted by Will Rogers Jr.

Episodes List With Original Air Dates

NOTE: Due to this series airing in syndication, air dates varied from station to station. There may or may not be episodes missing in the list below. Dozens of different sources claim dozens of different numbers for the total episode count with some as high as 558 episodes. The ones listed below are the only titles we've been able to verify. While it's totally possible that we are missing some, much of the discrepancy is probably due to rerun episodes being counted as new episodes. One thing we do know for sure is that syndication began on March 1, 1952 and ended on August 1, 1975.

Season 1

  1. How Death Valley Got Its Name
  2. She Burns Green
  3. The Death Valley Kid
  4. The Lost Pegleg Mine
  5. The Little Bullfrog Nugget
  6. Self-Made Man
  7. The Chivaree
  8. The Little Dressmaker of Bodie
  9. Cynthy's Dream Dress
  10. The Rival Hash House
  11. The Lady with the Blue Silk Umbrella
  12. Swamper Ike
  13. The Bell of San Gabriel
  14. Claim Jumpin' Jennie
  15. The Bandits of Panamint
  16. Sego Lilies
  17. Little Oscar's Millions
  18. Land of the Free

Season 2

  1. The Diamond Babe
  2. Little Washington
  3. Solomon in All His Glory
  4. Which Side of the Fence?
  5. Whirlwind Courtship
  6. Dear Teacher
  7. One in a Hundred
  8. Little Papeete
  9. Lotta Crabtree
  10. Yaller
  11. Twelve Pound Nugget
  12. Jimmy Dayton's Treasure
  13. Snowshoe Thompson
  14. Husband Pro Tem
  15. The Kickapoo Run
  16. Sixth Sense
  17. The Rainbow Chaser
  18. Mr. Godiva

Season 3

  1. The Saint's Portrait
  2. Eleven Thousand Miners Can't Be Wrong
  3. Halfway Girl
  4. Black Bark
  5. The Light on the Mountain
  6. To Big Charlie from Little Charlie
  7. Sequoia
  8. Lola Montez
  9. The Big Team Rolls
  10. Death and Taxes
  11. Riggs and Riggs
  12. Million Dollar Wedding
  13. Love 'Em and Leave 'Em
  14. The Seventh Day
  15. The Mormon's Grindstone
  16. Death Valley Scotty
  17. The Crystal Gazer
  18. I Am Joaquin

Season 4

  1. Reno
  2. The Valencia Cake
  3. A Killing in Diamonds
  4. The Homeliest Man in Nevada
  5. Miracle of the Sea Gulls
  6. Wildcat's First Piano
  7. California's First Ice Man
  8. The Hangman Waits
  9. Gold Is Where You Find It
  10. The Man Who'd Bet on Anything
  11. The Baron of Arizona
  12. Nevada's Plymouth Rock
  13. The Hoodoo Mine
  14. Mr. Bigfoot
  15. Escape
  16. Two Bits
  17. Bill Bottle's Birthday
  18. The Sinbuster
  19. Pay Dirt
  20. The Longest Beard in the World
  21. Emperor Norton, 1st

Season 5

  1. Faro Bill's Layout
  2. The Bear Flag
  3. Pat Garrett's Side of It
  4. The Hidden Treasure of Cucamonga
  5. The Loggerheads
  6. The Rose of Rhyolite
  7. The Last Letter
  8. Year of Destiny
  9. Mercer Girl
  10. California's Paul Revere
  11. The Trial of Red Haskell
  12. The Washington Elm
  13. The Rosebush of Tombstone
  14. The Luck of the Irish
  15. Lady Engineer
  16. Train of Events
  17. The Man Who Was Never Licked

Season 6

  1. California Gold Rush in Reverse
  2. Camel Train
  3. California's First Schoolmarm
  4. Arsenic Springs
  5. Fifty Years a Mystery
  6. Fifteen Paces to Fame
  7. The Calico Dog
  8. Rough and Ready
  9. The Last Bad Man
  10. The Greatest Scout of All
  11. Empire of Youth
  12. Wheel of Fortune
  13. Man on the Run
  14. Birth of a Boom
  15. Yankee Pirate
  16. Ten in Texas
  17. Auto Intoxication
  18. Two-Gun Nan
  19. Cockeyed Charlie Parkhurst
  20. The Great Amulet
  21. Title Unknown
  22. The Mystery of Suicide Gulch
  23. The Big Rendezvous
  24. The Girl Who Walked with a Giant
  25. Jerkline Jitters
  26. The Telescope Eye

Season 7

  1. Head of the House
  2. The Captive
  3. Ship of No Return
  4. The Moving Out of Minnie
  5. The Red Flannel Shirt
  6. Big Liz
  7. Thorn of the Rose
  8. The Jackass Mail
  9. Perilous Cargo
  10. The Gambler and the Lady
  11. Quon Lee
  12. Old Gabe
  13. The Gunsmith
  14. A Piano Goes West
  15. A Bullet for the Captain
  16. A Town Is Born
  17. Sailor on a Horse
  18. Gold Lake
  19. Wheelbarrow Johnny
  20. Stagecoach Spy
  21. Eruption at Volcano
  22. Price of a Passport
  23. Pioneer Circus
  24. The Invaders
  25. The Blonde King
  26. The Newspaper That Went to Jail
  27. Old Blue
  28. Perilous Refuge
  29. The Talking Wire
  30. RX: Slow Death
  31. Half a Loaf
  32. Valley of Danger
  33. Forty Steps to Glory

Season 8

  1. Oblivion
  2. Gates After Morgan
  3. Sam Kee and Uncle Sam
  4. The Grand Duke
  5. Fair Exchange
  6. The Scalpel and the Gun
  7. Indian Family
  8. Hang 'Em High
  9. Tribal Justice
  10. The Little Trooper
  11. Ten Feet of Nothing
  12. Lady of the Press
  13. The Reluctant Gun
  14. His Brother's Keeper
  15. The Devil's Due
  16. Money to Burn
  17. Dogs of the Mist
  18. The Wedding Dress
  19. Shadows on the Window
  20. The Battle of Mokelumne Hill
  21. The Strangers
  22. Goodbye Five Hundred Pesos
  23. Forbidden Wedding
  24. One Man Tank
  25. Man on the Road
  26. The Man Everyone Hated
  27. The General Who Disapproved
  28. The Million Dollar Pants
  29. Pirates of San Francisco
  30. A Woman's Rights
  31. Eagle in the Rocks
  32. Cap'n Pegleg
  33. Emma Is Coming
  34. Human Sacrifice
  35. Pete Kitchen's Wedding
  36. Mission to the Mountains
  37. The Great Lounsberry Scoop

Season 9

  1. Pamela's Oxen
  2. Splinter Station
  3. Queen of the High-Graders
  4. Devil's Bar
  5. Learnin' at Dirty Devil
  6. Yankee Confederate
  7. The Gentle Sword
  8. Extra Guns
  9. The White Healer
  10. The Wind at Your Back
  11. 3-7-77
  12. A Girl Named Virginia
  13. City of Widows
  14. The Young Gun
  15. The Lady Was an M.D.
  16. The Salt War
  17. The Madstone
  18. Deadline at Austin
  19. South of Horror Flats
  20. Gamble with Death
  21. White Gold
  22. Dead Men's Tale
  23. Who's for Divide?
  24. Dangerous Crossing
  25. Death Ride
  26. Loophole
  27. The Red Petticoat
  28. The Stolen City
  29. A General Without Cause

Season 10

  1. Queen of Spades
  2. The Hold-Up Proof Safe
  3. Lieutenant Bungle
  4. Third Passenger
  5. Trial by Fear
  6. Alias Jesse Stuart
  7. Storm Over Truckee
  8. Treasure of Elk Creek Canyon
  9. A Bullet for the D.A.
  10. The Watch
  11. Miracle at Boot Hill
  12. The Truth Teller
  13. Sponge Full of Vinegar
  14. Experiment in Fear
  15. Miracle at Whiskey Gulch
  16. Feud at Dome Rock
  17. Justice at Jackson Creek
  18. Preacher with a Past
  19. Abel Duncan's Dying Wish
  20. A Matter of Honor
  21. The Breaking Point
  22. Girl with a Gun
  23. Way Station
  24. The Unshakable Man
  25. Showdown at Kamaaina Flats
  26. La Tules

Season 11

  1. Hangtown Fry
  2. The $275,000 Sack of Flour
  3. Suzie
  4. Fort Bowie: Urgent
  5. The Hat That Won the West
  6. The Last Shot
  7. To Walk with Greatness
  8. Grass Man
  9. Davy's Friend
  10. Bloodline
  11. The Vintage Years
  12. The Private Mint of Clark, Gruber and Company
  13. Loss of Faith
  14. Pioneer Doctor
  15. Stubborn Mule Hill
  16. A Gun Is Not a Gentleman
  17. The Lion of Idaho
  18. The Debt
  19. The Train and Lucy Tutaine
  20. Grotto of Death
  21. Diamond Jim Brady
  22. Phantom Procession
  23. With Honesty and Integrity
  24. Coffin for a Coward
  25. Shadow of Violence
  26. The Melancholy Gun

Season 12

  1. Thar She Blows
  2. Measure of a Man
  3. Kingdom for a Horse
  4. Diamond Field Jack
  5. Deadly Decision
  6. The Man Who Died Twice
  7. The Holy Terror
  8. The Peacemaker
  9. Three Minutes to Eternity
  10. The Red Ghost of Eagle Creek
  11. Graydon's Charge
  12. Little Cayuse
  13. The Wooing of Perilous Pauline
  14. Sixty-Seven Miles of Gold
  15. The Paper Dynasty
  16. The Westside of Heaven
  17. Hastings Cut-off
  18. Law of the Round Tent
  19. The Bigger They Are
  20. The Last Stagecoach Robbery
  21. A Book of Spanish Grammar
  22. Trial at Belle's Springs
  23. After the OK Corral
  24. The Quiet and the Fury
  25. See the Elephant and Hear the Owl
  26. The Streets of El Paso

Season 13

  1. Honor the Name Dennis Driscoll
  2. The Lucky Cow
  3. Big John and the Rainmaker
  4. From the Earth, a Heritage
  5. The Other White Man
  6. Hero of Fort Halleck
  7. The Left Hand Is Damned
  8. There Was Another Dalton Brother
  9. Tribute to the Dog
  10. The $25,000 Wager
  11. A Bargain Is for Keeping
  12. Peter the Hunter
  13. Paid in Full
  14. A Bell for Volcano
  15. The Trouble with Taxes
  16. The Race at Cherry Creek
  17. Death in the Desert
  18. Raid on the San Francisco Mint
  19. Magic Locket
  20. The Battle of San Francisco Bay
  21. The Wild West's Biggest Train Holdup
  22. No Gun Behind His Badge
  23. Fighting Sky Pilot
  24. The Journey
  25. Kate Melville and the Law
  26. Birthright

Season 14

  1. Temporary Warden
  2. Captain Dick Mine
  3. The Lawless Have Laws
  4. The Great Turkey War
  5. The Rider
  6. Traveling Trees
  7. No Place for a Lady
  8. A City Is Born
  9. The Book
  10. Mrs. Romney and the Outlaws
  11. Dry Water Sailors
  12. Devil's Gate
  13. The Red Shawl
  14. A Picture of a Lady
  15. Canary Harris vs. the Almighty
  16. The Fastest Nun in the West
  17. The Fight San Francisco Will Never Forget
  18. Courtship of Carrie Huntington
  19. Water Bringer
  20. Crullers at Sundown!
  21. Hugh Glass Meets the Bear
  22. The Firebrand
  23. The Hat That Huldah Wore
  24. The Four Dollar Law Suit
  25. An Organ for Brother Brigham
  26. Lady of the Plains

Season 15

  1. The Day All Marriages Were canceled
  2. Solid Gold Cavity
  3. The Resurrection of Deadwood Dick
  4. Brute Angel
  5. Sense of Justice
  6. The Lady and the Sourdough
  7. The Kid from Hell's Kitchen
  8. Samaritans, Mountain Style
  9. One Fast Injun
  10. The Jolly Roger and Wells Fargo
  11. The Hero of Apache Pass
  12. The Gypsy
  13. A Calamity Called Jane
  14. Doc Holliday's Gold Bars
  15. Silver Tombstone
  16. The Man Who Didn't Want Gold
  17. Halo for a Badman
  18. A Wrangler's Last Ride
  19. The Man Who Wouldn't Die
  20. The Saga of Dr. Davis
  21. Major Horace Bell
  22. The Day They Stole the Salamander
  23. Siege at Amelia's Kitchen
  24. Solid Foundation
  25. Along Came Mariana
  26. A Man Called Abraham

Season 16

  1. Shanghai Kelly's Birthday Party
  2. Chicken Bill
  3. Let My People Go
  4. The Lone Grave
  5. The Girl Who Walked the West
  6. The Informer Who Cried
  7. Spring Rendezvous
  8. Lost Sheep in Trinidad
  9. The Saga of Sadie Orchard
  10. The Indian Girl
  11. Prince of the Oyster Pirates
  12. The Friend
  13. The Great Diamond Mines
  14. Count Me In, Count Me Out
  15. Dress for a Desert Girl
  16. Britta Goes Home
  17. Bread on the Desert
  18. Green Is the Color of Gold
  19. Out of the Valley of Death
  20. The Gold Mine on Main Street
  21. A Friend Indeed
  22. The Thirty Calibre Town
  23. The Other Side of the Mountain
  24. By the Book
  25. The Pieces of the Puzzle
  26. Tall Heart, Short Temper

Season 17

  1. The Secret of the Black Prince
  2. The Leprechaun of Last Chance
  3. Ton of Tin
  4. The Sage Hen
  5. The Other Creek
  6. A Mule, Like the Army's Mule
  7. Lottie's Legacy
  8. Lady with a Past
  9. Short Cut Through Tombstone
  10. Up the Chimney
  11. The World's Greatest Swimming Horse
  12. Ten Day Millionaires
  13. The Restless Man
  14. A Gift
  15. Solomon's Glory
  16. The Understanding
  17. Long Night at Fort Lonely
  18. Here Stands Bailey
  19. Angel of Tombstone
  20. A Full House
  21. How to Beat a Bad Man
  22. A Key for the Fort
  23. Dropout
  24. The Oldest Law
  25. Lucia Darling and the Ostrich
  26. Jimmy Dayton's Bonanza

Season 18

  1. The Taming of Trudy Bell
  2. Tracy's Triumph
  3. Old Stape
  4. The Tenderfoot
  5. Biscuits and Billy the Kid
  6. Son of Thunder
  7. The Lady Doctor
  8. The Great Pinto Bean Gold Hunt
  9. The Visitor
  10. The King of the Uvalde Road
  11. The Mezcla Man
  12. Pioneer Pluck
  13. Simple Question of Justice
  14. The Wizard of Aberdeen
  15. The Dragon of Gold Hill
  16. The Biggest Little Post Office in the World
  17. A Saint of Travelers
  18. Talk to Me, Charley
  19. Amos and the Black Bull
  20. The Man Who Planted Gold in California
  21. The Solid Gold Pie
  22. A Gift from Father Tapis
  23. Clum's Constabulary
  24. The Contract
  25. The Duke of Tombstone
  26. Early Candle Lighten

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