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Trail Dust (1936)

Open  -  Adventure | Western  -  11 December 1936 (USA)
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Hoppy, Johnny and Windy are fighting a malicious gang trying to stop a cattle drive from reaching a drought-stricken North.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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James Ellison ...
Johnny Nelson (as Jimmy Ellison)
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Windy Halliday (as George Hayes)
Morris Ankrum ...
Tex Anderson (as Stephen Morris)
Gwynne Shipman ...
Beth Clark
Britt Wood ...
Lanky
Dick Dickson ...
Waggoner
Earl Askam ...
Red
Al Bridge ...
Babson
John Beach ...
Hank
Ted Adams ...
T.J. Halligan ...
Skinny (as Tom Halligan)
Dan Wolheim ...
Henchman Borden (as Tom Wolkeim)
Harold Daniels ...
Lewis, fake Trail Cutter
Emmett Daly ...
George (as Emmet Daly)
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When Hoppy agrees to lead a large cattle drive north he runs into lots of trouble. First Anderson and Wilson join the drive to do what damage they can. Then Lewis and his men posing as Tail officials try to cut out part of the herd. When Hoppy sees through this ruse, they rustle some cattle and burn the camp. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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"HOPALONG CASSIDY...THE HE-MAN HERO OF THE WEST... GOES INTO ACTION AGAIN! (original poster - all caps) See more »

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11 December 1936 (USA)  »

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

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Follows The Eagle's Brood (1935) See more »

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Beneath a Western Sky
Music and Lyrics by Harry Tobias and Jack Stern
Sung by James Ellison at a campfire
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Treachery Rides The Range
3 April 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

It's a Depression time in the old west just as it was for the movie going public when Trail Dust came out in 1936. The price of beef cattle is sky high and a greedy rancher played by Morris Ankrum wants to keep the price high. So he looks askance when a relief committee seeks to buy cattle for relief purposes, including the herd from the Bar 20 Ranch where Hopalong Cassidy is the foreman.

Hoppy and the gang have to drive the herd to the railroad terminal to be paid. Ankrum's one ruthless dude however. He joins the trail drive under an alias and continues any number of nefarious schemes to prevent Hoppy's herd from arriving.

Of course Bill Boyd, Jimmy Ellison and Gabby Hayes are up to the challenge. Trail Dust is a bit unusual in that Hoppy is for once dealing with a plot that involves his chosen profession, ranch foreman. Most of the Cassidy features involve him getting in all kinds of circumstances that have nothing to do with being foreman of the Bar 20. Perhaps this one sticks to the trail because it is taken directly from one of Clarence Mulford's novels.

The plot involving a depression and relief certainly struck the right note with a 1936 movie audience. Trail Dust holds up fairly well today for B western film of the time.


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