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Hop-Along Cassidy (1935)

Approved | | Western | 23 August 1935 (USA)
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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Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When the outlaw El Toro saves Hoppy's life, Hoppy agrees to find his missing grandson.

Director: Howard Bretherton
Stars: William Boyd, James Ellison, William Farnum
Hopalong Cassidy (1952–1954)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Hopalong and his horse Topper catch bad guys with Red Connors for comic relief.

Stars: William Boyd, Edgar Buchanan, Andy Clyde
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Cattle rustler Nevada dreams of living like an emperor in the West. Hoppy and the Bar 20 boys aim to put an end to his dream.

Director: Howard Bretherton
Stars: William Boyd, James Ellison, Jean Rouverol
Trail Dust (1936)
Certificate: Open Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Hoppy, Johnny and Windy are fighting a malicious gang trying to stop a cattle drive from reaching a drought-stricken North.

Director: Nate Watt
Stars: William Boyd, James Ellison, George 'Gabby' Hayes
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Hoppy clears Lucky on a charge of bank robbery and foils the plot of a crooked lawyer to rustle a herd of pedigree cattle and take over the valley.

Director: Nate Watt
Stars: William Boyd, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Russell Hayden
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A crusading newspaper editor recruits his old friend Hoppy to take the job of marshal in a town rife with vice and murder directed at helpless miners.

Director: Nate Watt
Stars: William Boyd, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Gail Sheridan
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Sheriff Hoppy has to find a way to bring the bad guys, headed by Tom Jordan, to justice in the Lone Star state. The problem is that they are hiding out beyond his jurisdiction, in Oklahoma.

Director: George Archainbaud
Stars: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Jay Kirby
Adventure | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When Hoppy's falsely accused young friend is killed while supposedly trying to escape from jail, an embittered Hoppy is blamed and drummed out of the Texas Rangers.

Director: Lesley Selander
Stars: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Jimmy Rogers
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Hoppy has to bust up a gang of outlaws with the help of his sidekicks Shanghai and Johnny. As usual, he walks through the fusillade unscathed.

Director: Howard Bretherton
Stars: William Boyd, James Ellison, Muriel Evans
Bar 20 (1943)
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Stagecoach robbers take the money Hoppy was going to use to buy cattle so Hoppy, California and Lin go after them.

Director: Lesley Selander
Stars: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, George Reeves
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Outlaw miners have been stealing ore from Ann Dennis' mine. Hoppy spends much of his time running around in the mine shafts tracking down the crooks.

Director: Lesley Selander
Stars: William Boyd, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Russell Hayden
Texas Trail (1937)
Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

During the Spanish-American War, Colonel Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders are short of horses, and Hopalong Cassidy and his Bar-20 friends are detailed to round up a bunch of wild horses, but... See full summary »

Director: David Selman
Stars: William Boyd, Russell Hayden, George 'Gabby' Hayes
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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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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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This film's first documented telecast occurred Saturday 7 April 1945 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1); in 1947 it was seen again on WCBS (Channel 2). At this time it was under the control of Sherman S. Krellberg's Goodwill Pictures, who had re-released it theatrically and was now picking up a little extra revenue from an occasional television broadcast. In September 1948 it would join the rest of its brethren in William Boyd's Hopalong Cassidy movie package, which would become a popular nationally syndicated movie series for many years to come. See more »

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Followed by Three on the Trail (1936) See more »

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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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Enter Hopalong Cassidy
13 May 2003 | by (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Hop-Along Cassidy" (aka "Hopalong Cassidy Enters") was the first of 66 features starring William Boyd as Hoppy. One of the most successful and best written of the "B" western series, it was to run from 1935 to 1948.

As written by Clarence E. Mulford, Cassidy was a crude, crusty ranch hand and definitely not intended as a Saturday Matinee hero. In fact, character actor James Gleason, who looked nothing like a hero was apparently first offered the part.

Boyd, who had been around Hollywood since the early 20s and had fallen from grace, ultimately was cast in the part. It was decided between himself and producer Harry "Pop" Sherman that Boyd would not play the character as written.

In this first entry in the series, Boyd plays the character with a few rough edges, all of which would disappear in future films. He starts out as "Bill" Cassidy but acquires his nickname "Hopalong" when is wounded in the leg and is forced to hop along with the aid of a cane.

The story involves two competing ranchers, Buck Peters of the Bar-20 (Charles Middleton) and Meeker (Robert Warwick) arguing over the open range land for their cattle. Meeker's foreman known as Pecos Jack (Kenneth Thompson) is behind a plot to set the two ranches against each other while stealing their cattle, changing their brands and selling them off for himself.

In this first entry in the series the traditional trio comprises Hoppy, Johnny Nelson (James Ellison) and Red Connors (Frank McGlynn Jr.). George Hayes by this time had evolved into the character he would play for the rest of his career. In this picture he plays a ranch hand named "Uncle Ben". Although still not using the name "Gabby", he would appear later in the series as the grizzled sidekick "Windy Halliday".

Also in the cast are Paula Stone as Mary Meeker, Ellison's love interest, Willie Fung as the Meeker's Chinese cook, who provides most of the comic relief, and veterans John Merton and Franlyn Farnum in other roles.

Charles Middleton would achieve some measure of fame as "Ming the Merciless" in the Flash Gordon serials. The character of Red Connors would be resurrected in the Hopalong Cassidy TV series of the 50s with Edgar Buchanan playing the part.


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