The Raiders
Directed byLesley Selander
Written byLyn Crost Kennedy
Screenplay byPolly James
Lillie Hayward
Produced byWilliam Alland
StarringRichard Conte
Viveca Lindfors
Barbara Britton
CinematographyCarl E. Guthrie
Edited byPaul Weatherwax
Color processTechnicolor
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • November 20, 1952 (1952-11-20)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Raiders (reissued as Riders of Vengeance) is a 1952 American Western film directed by Lesley Selander and starring Richard Conte and Viveca Lindfors.


Going west where gold is being found, Jan Morell and wife Mary meet in the Napa, California, valley with his prospector brother Frank, but soon hired gunmen Jack Welch and Hank Purvis steal the gold they have panned and kill Mary.

In town, Frank is killed, as well, and Jan seriously wounded. He is cared for by Felipe de Ortega and sister Elena, who explain that Welch and Purvis work for dishonest Mayor Thomas Ainsworth, who also stole the Ortega family's land and property. An approval of statehood for California could restore law and order, as well as citizens' rights.

Elena fears for their safety, but Jan joins forces with Felipe's men to create havoc in Ainsworth's life, rustling horses and stealing money. A new U.S. marshal, Henderson, places a $5,000 reward on him, but Jan nevertheless captures Purvis and threatens to lynch him if he does not confess to Ainsworth's misdeeds. Elizabeth Ainsworth now begins to understand her father's corrupt ways.

As the gunfighting intensifies, both Welch and Felipe are killed. Jan is arrested and faces the hangman, but Henderson believes in his innocence and is able to release him when statehood wins approval and a general amnesty is granted. Jan and Elena plan a new life together.