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Call of the Prairie (1936)

Approved | | Western | 6 March 1936 (USA)
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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Nelson (as Jimmy Ellison)
Muriel Evans ...
Shanghai McHenry (as George Hayes)
Sheriff Sandy McQueen
Sam Porter (as Alan Bridge)
Willie Fung ...
Howard Lang ...
Hank Mann ...
Bartender Tom
Al Hill ...
Henchman Tom Slade
Henchman Hoskins
Henchman Arizona
Singing Cowhand
Art Green ...
Singing Cowhand (as The Avalon Boys)
Walter Trask ...
Singing Cowhand (as The Avalon Boys)


Hoppy returns to find Johnny in trouble. Buck Peters has been shot by Porter who made it look like Johnny did it. When Johnny flees he runs into Linda. He takes a liking to her only to learn her father Shanghai is one of Porter's gang. Going after Shanghai, he gets captured by the gang and Porter now plans to kill him. But Hoppy is near by and Johnny will get unexpected help from Shanghai. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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You'll THRILL To His Deeds of Daring...The Prince of Pistoleers in another action-packed saga of the sun-baked prairies!








Release Date:

6 March 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Última Testemunha  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Wide Range System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film's first documented telecast occurred Thursday 16 August 1945 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). 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 »


[last lines]
Hopalong Cassidy: Well, Miss Linda, it looks like you'll need some help around here.
Johnny Nelson: Just leave it to me, Hoppy!
Hopalong Cassidy: That's just what I'm afraid of.
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Followed by Hopalong Rides Again (1937) See more »


The Call of the Prairie
Music by Vee Lawnhurst
Lyrics by Tot Seymour
Performed by Chill Wills and His Avalon Boys
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Well-plotted Hoppy film, good integrated story.
18 April 2015 | by (Brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

A very different, but enjoyable, Hoppy outing. The movie has a slow pace with less action than the usual Hoppy film. There are no epic bad guy plans. Just a corrupt bunch of saloon denizens who learn of Buck Peters having cash from Johnny Nelson's (Hoppy's young sidekick) youthful blabbering in the saloon. Johnny gets blamed/framed for the outlaws'misdeeds. Most of the film concerns Johnny's self-loathing for ignoring Hoppy's warnings and associating with the bad saloon crowd.

What impressed me most about the film is that is was it was so skillfully written. Each scene led believably to the next scene.

As noted by others here, the film was also unusual in that Gabby Hayes was one of the bod guys here, though he reformed by film's end. In subsequent Hoppy films, Gabby played the comic sidekick.

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