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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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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!

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6 March 1936 (USA)  »

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A Última Testemunha  »

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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 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 »

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Tom Slade: Why bother with him? You got everything he has last night.
Charlie 'Shanghai' McHenry: Every little bit makes just a little bit more.
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Followed by Cassidy of Bar 20 (1938) See more »

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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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Gabby's a bad guy
20 November 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Call Of The Prarie does not have its usual trio complement of Hoppy and two sidekicks in it. Apparently Harry Sherman was still experimenting with the series with William Boyd going pretty much his own way.

He has to because James Ellison is again in trouble. On a cattle buying trip Hoppy made so much money that he brought presents for all the hands including a nice pair of spurs. But Ellison's fallen in with bad companions drinking and gambling and being regularly taken for his money in a crooked card game run by Al Bridge and assisted by Gabby Hayes.

Yes Gabby's not part of the Bar 20 crew, he's a worthless no good bandit but he does have a pretty daughter played by Muriel Evans who is innocent of her father's crimes, but does keep Ellison dangling.

It really gets bad when Bridge and his gang shoot Bar 20 foreman Buck Peters and pin it on Ellison. Later they rob the bank for which Ellison also gets the blame. All with Gabby's help.

It's Ellison who needs the help and Hoppy gives it as you would expect he would.

Making Hayes a bad guy was a bad idea. He'd played them before but now the movie going public expected him as the lovable old bragging codger forever dropping his "Gs".

Bridge was a regular villain mostly in urban dramas. He was a favorite of Preston Sturges at Paramount.

Not one of the better Hoppys.


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