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Hop-Along Cassidy (1935)

Approved | | Western | 23 August 1935 (USA)
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An evil ranch foreman tries to provoke a range war by playing two cattlemen against each other while helping a gang to rustle the cattle. Each cattleman blames the other for missing cattle.... See full summary »

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Uncle Ben (as George Hayes)
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Jack Anthony
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Robert Warwick ...
Jim Meeker
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Frank Campeau ...
Henchman Frisco
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An evil ranch foreman tries to provoke a range war by playing two cattlemen against each other while helping a gang to rustle the cattle. Each cattleman blames the other for missing cattle. With the help of Bill Cassidy (Hop-along, because of an earlier bullet wound) and Johnny Nelson, the warring cattlemen join forces to do in the outlaws. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Three Musketeers of the Mesas in a rough riding romance of the roaring West! See more »

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Western

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23 August 1935 (USA)  »

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Hopalong Cassidy Enters  »

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$85,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Wide Range System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

William Boyd was originally offered the role of Buck Peters, the Bar 20 ranch foreman, but chose the role of Cassidy. See more »

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Followed by The Eagle's Brood (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Followin' the Stars
Music and lyrics by Sam H. Stept and Dave Franklin
Sung by James Ellison and Frank McGlynn Jr.
Played as background music often
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Just because its the first, doesn't make it the best.
30 December 2004 | by (Flushing, NY) – See all my reviews

A range war is brewing between the Bar 20 and Meeker ranches, which is being caused by Meeker's foreman Anthony (who is in reality, an outlaw called the Pecos Kid), whose method is to have each ranch be accused at acts of rustling cattle or murder, then the two ranches will start a war against each other. In the meanwhile, Anthony's gang will round up all the cattle from the two ranches, change brands, and sell them at market. It's up to Hoppy, Red, Uncle Ben, and Johnny Nelson (who is a target for Meeker's hands since Johnny is sweet on Meeker's daughter Mary) to clear the Bar 20's name and round up the outlaws. The film is a very good entry in the opening film of the Hopalong series, but far from the best, since the action doesn't really begin past the halfway point of the film. Then on it's gets better building up to a great climax. Good performances by the cast (especially by Hayes as Uncle Ben, in a pre Windy Halliday role), but Thomson is miscast and ineffective as Anthony. Rating, based on B westerns, 6.


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