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Three on the Trail (1936)

 -  Action | Drama | Western  -  14 April 1936 (USA)
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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.

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

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LAUGHS...with Windy, the salty-tongued old sourdough! (original print ad) See more »

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14 April 1936 (USA)  »

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Bar 20 Three  »

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

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Mary Stevens: I've never ridden a horse.
Johnny Nelson: Well, in that case I'll get you a horse that ain't never been rode, then you'll both start even!
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Followed by Borderland (1937) See more »

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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.


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