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Hopalong Cassidy Returns (1936)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Romance  |  16 October 1936 (USA)
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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.

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Windy Halliday (as George Hayes)
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Lilli Marsh
Morris Ankrum ...
Blackie Felton (as Stephen Morris)
William Janney ...
Buddy Cassidy
Irving Bacon ...
Peg Leg Holden
Grant Richards ...
Bob Claiborne
John Beck ...
Editor Bob Saunders
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Ernie Adams ...
Assayer Tim Benson
Joe Rickson ...
Henchman Buck
Ray Whitley ...
Rancher Davis
Claude Smith ...
Henchman Dugan
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Storyline

When a miner is murdered before he can file his claim, Editor Saunders sends for Hoppy. Now the new Marshal, Hoppy learns Lilli Marsh owns the murdered miner's claim and her henchman Blackie was the killer. After Hoppy and the ranchers take care of Blackie's gang, Hoppy goes alone to face Blackie and Lilli. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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She was more ruthless than any man...and more dangerous! See more »


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16 October 1936 (USA)  »

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A texasi seriff  »

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Trivia

The only film of the series to feature Hopalong's brother Buddy Cassidy, played by William Janney, who retired from films after only one more film in 1937. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film when Peg Leg arrives in town, in a couple of the shots Irving Bacon's right foot is clearly visible behind him, indicating that the bottom half of his right leg has been strapped behind him. See more »

Quotes

Saloon Hostess: [referring to Lilli interacting with Cassidy] Say, look at Lilli! She don't know whether to kiss the new marshal or kill 'em!
Saloon girl: [with a sigh] I wish I had my chance!
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Soundtracks

Camptown Races
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Foster (as Stephen Collins Foster)
Played in the Crystal Slipper saloon
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The most visually satisfying film in the series was recycled.
1 May 2000 | by (Simi Valley, CA) – See all my reviews

Apple-eating killers, great costumes for the female villain (a different, dazzling costume for almost every scene) and the impressive California Sierras make this Hopalong Cassidy adventure one of the best of the 60. It was so good in fact that Harry Sherman and his crew recycled the plot elements in another fairly good Hopalong titled, Wide Open Town. Although Hopalong Cassidy Returns is by far the better of the two, not only by virtue of being first, but also because more money was spent on the production and each had a different director: Nate Watt for HCR and Lesley Selander for WOT.

The dark-haired Miss Brent in satin and sequins plays well against the shimmering, silvery haired William Boyd. Their final scene is worth waiting for, if not for the emotional content then for the technical aspects of lighting and photography.

You won't see another like it in the series.


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