Death Valley Days - Season 4

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  • Emperor Norton
    Emperor Norton
    Episode 21
    6/15/56
    10
    Gold Rush-era San Francisco business tycoon, Joshua Norton, abruptly looses his fortune. He disappears from society only to resurface years later, adorned in elaborate, ragtag military uniforms and proclaims himself "Joshua Norton I - The Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico." Rather than commit him to an institution, the citizens of San Francisco fondly embrace the eccentric - newspapers print his "proclamations"; merchants honor his self-issued money; and a "royal box" is even afforded the Emperor and his two dogs at the San Francisco Opera. Despite the town's somewhat tongue-in-cheek acknowledgement of his imperial status, Norton, takes his civic responsibilities in earnest and becomes a beloved and valuable (ruling) citizen of San Francisco. Upon his death, the citizens honor Norton with a state-scale funeral attended by a reported 10,000-30,000 mourners! A story of a shattered life redeemed, all because San Francisco opened its doors and hearts and made room for someone a little different. (Synopsis from "Death Valley Days" official site)moreless
  • The Longest Beard in the World
    6/1/56
    0.0
  • Pay Dirt
    Pay Dirt
    Episode 19
    5/25/56
    0.0
  • The Sinbuster
    The Sinbuster
    Episode 18
    5/4/56
    0.0
  • Bill Bottle's Birthday
    4/27/56
    5.0

    Bill comes into money after selling his gold claim to a business syndicate. Flush with cash, he invites his long-lost relatives to town for an extravagant family reunion. Despite claiming to be Bottles, all of the arriving guests are phonies hoping to get their claws on his new wealth. The grifters learn a lesson from Bill who treats them each as though they were legitimate family.

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  • Two Bits
    Two Bits
    Episode 16
    4/7/56
    0.0
  • Escape
    Escape
    Episode 15
    3/30/56
    0.0
  • Mr. Bigfoot
    Mr. Bigfoot
    Episode 14
    3/12/56
    0.0
  • The Hoodoo Mine
    The Hoodoo Mine
    Episode 13
    3/2/56
    0.0
  • Nevada's Plymouth Rock
    2/13/56
    0.0
    The story of Nevada's struggle to be admitted to the Union.
  • The Baron of Arizona
    2/6/56
    0.0

    An employee of the town newspaper is sent out to investigate the validity of a baron's land claim to their town and millions of acres around it.

  • The Man Who'd Bet on Anything
    1/16/56
    0.0

    The story of Abraham Curry, the founder of Carson City, Nevada and how he achieved his goals to have his town become the state capitol.

  • Gold Is Where You Find It
    1/9/56
    0.0

    A fired Wells Fargo detective's investigation leads to the capture of two men that robbed a stagecoach of 500 pounds of gold.

  • The Hangman Waits
    The Hangman Waits
    Episode 8
    12/19/55
    0.0

    A new lawyer in town gets hoodwinked into defending an innocent man charged with murder with the odds stacked against him.

  • California's First Ice Man
    12/12/55
    0.0

    It's springtime in Sacramento but the temperature is nearly 100 degrees with summer still to come. A shady local businessman, Phineas Colby, has the monopoly on the snow in the mountains and begins to deliver it into town at astronomical prices. His business is crushed when competition arrives from Boston in the form of Peter Jeffries, the son of a man that was put out of business by Mr. Colby.

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  • Wildcat's First Piano
    11/21/55
    0.0

    A women's group has their pretty young schoolteacher use her charms to raise money to buy a piano for the town. Everyone is ready for the big unveiling at a party where it's discovered no one in town knows how to play it.

  • Miracle of the Sea Gulls
    11/14/55
    5.2

    A counterfeiter on his way to California joins up with a Mormon caravan headed west.

  • The Homeliest Man in Nevada
    10/24/55
    8.5

    Kind hearted Clem Scobie wins first prize in the "Homeliest Man in Nevada" contest. After one woman finds out that her steady companion is behind much of the teasing and ridicule of poor Clem, she puts him and his pals in their place.

  • A Killing in Diamonds
    10/20/55
    0.0

    Two very reputable prospectors claim to have found a diamond mine and swindle investors out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

  • The Valencia Cake
    The Valencia Cake
    Episode 2
    9/26/55
    0.0

    The Fernandez family was given a one million acre land grant by the King of Spain. Years later when New Mexico was granted statehood, they had to search frantically for the original document to keep it from being taken away and sold.

  • Reno
    Reno
    Episode 1
    9/23/55
    0.0

    The story of Jesse Lee Reno, a Civil War general of the Union army and how the city of Reno, Nevada came into being.