7.1/10
74
4 user 1 critic

Three on the Trail (1936)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Western | 14 April 1936 (USA)
An evil gang is involved in both cattle rustling and the robbing of stagecoaches. Hoppy must stop them without help from the sheriff who turns out be a major outlaw himself.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

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 »

Director: Howard Bretherton
Stars: William Boyd, James Ellison, Paula Stone
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Hoppy's brother has been murdered and he is on the trail of the murderers. To get them he makes himself seem to be a wanted man.

Director: Nate Watt
Stars: William Boyd, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Russell Hayden
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 Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 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
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 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
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The local school is causing Hoppy problems. First Bar 20 cattle are stolen when Hoppy investigates a problem there. Then the new teacher arrives and disrupts the routine of the Bar 20 hands... See full summary »

Director: Lesley Selander
Stars: William Boyd, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Russell Hayden
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Ranch owner Sally Jordan is engaged in a fence war with rancher Big John Trumbull. Hoppy and Johnny, along with trusty sidekick Windy, side with Sally Jordan. They control a huge cattle stampede by using dynamite.

Director: Howard Bretherton
Stars: William Boyd, James Ellison, George 'Gabby' Hayes
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
James Ellison ...
Johnny Nelson (as Jimmy Ellison)
Onslow Stevens ...
Muriel Evans ...
Mary Stevens
...
Windy (as George Hayes)
Claude King ...
J. P. Ridley
William Duncan ...
...
Rose Peters
John St. Polis ...
Sheriff Sam Corwin
Ernie Adams ...
Idaho
Al Hill ...
Kit Thorpe
Ted Adams ...
Henchman Jim Trask
Jack Rutherford ...
Henchman Lewis (as John Rutherford)
Lita Cortez ...
Conchita
Edit

Storyline

An evil gang is involved in both cattle rustling and the robbing of stagecoaches. Hoppy must stop them without help from the sheriff who turns out be a major outlaw himself. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The West's dauntless racket-busters fight for justice and romance! See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

14 April 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bar 20 Three  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Wide Range System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The fifth of sixty-six Hopalong Cassidy movies. See more »

Quotes

Stagecoach Bandit: [Caught in the act by the man in black] That's Cassidy! He's bad medicine! Let's get goin'!
See more »

Connections

Follows Heart of the West (1936) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
thoroughly enjoyable Hoppy film
12 July 2014 | by (Brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

I really like this one. Nice to praise a Hoppy film for a change. Nothing untoward in the movie, and many things to praise: scenery, shoot-outs, acting, pleasant characters. Particularly enjoyable was the fussing about the new schoolmarm. She's helpless and friendless when she arrives in town by mistake. The saloon owner makes lecherous moves on her, but she is diverted to the Bar 20 ranch by Hoppy, who flirts with the bar girls in the saloon. Then Hoppy's pal Johnny has a go at her, going back and forth attracting her and then repelling her over some faux pas. Hoppy joins in too, as does Gaby Hayes.

A few minor issues I have with this movie as well as most B-Westerns. (1) At the end of these films, the bad guys are usually routed by the hero by setting a fire or using dynamite. Here Hoppy threw some dynamite into the basement of the saloon where the bad guys were holed up. (2) The bad guys made the usual mistake of trying to frame some good guys for the crimes. It leads to their downfall. They should have let well enough alone. (3) The top bad guy usually leads a double life as an honest citizen in town. Meanwhile his identity and gang are sought by the law abiding citizens. He leads a large gang and has a secret hideout for his men and the rustled cattle. He is often cruel to some of his gang. There is usually a big reward on him. Thus, it is surprising that one of his men doesn't turn him in for the reward.


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Three on the Trail (1936) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?