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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:
James Ellison ...
Johnny Nelson (as Jimmy Ellison)
Windy (as George Hayes)
Morris Ankrum ...
Tex Anderson (as Stephen Morris)
Gwynne Shipman ...
Beth Clark
Britt Wood ...
Dick Dickson ...
Earl Askam ...
Al Bridge ...
John Beach ...
Ted Adams ...
Joe Wilson
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)


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 <>

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Hopalong Cassidy leads the fight against cattle thieves and ruthless nature! See more »


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11 December 1936 (USA)  »

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Trail Dust  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The eighth of sixty-six Hopalong Cassidy movies. See more »


Followed by Texas Trail (1937) See more »


Wide Open Spaces
Music and Lyrics by Harry Tobias and Jack Stern
Played on guitar and sung by James Ellison and the cowboys
Reprised as backround at the end
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Among the best of the sixty-six Hopalong Cassidy westerns.
17 March 2001 | by (Providence, Rhode Island) – See all my reviews

"Trail Dust" is a pleasing example of how a simple "formula" western can, with a bit of imagination and a good cast, can be turned into a first-rate adventure. Hopalong Cassidy, together with his usual sidekicks Windy and Johnny Nelson, volunteer to sell their herd at a reasonable price during a food shortage. This does not set well with some greedy cattlemen (led by Morris Ankrum, who was to become a familiar staple in later Hopalong adventures, usually as an unctuous villain). The bad guys set out to sabotage the cattle drive at every turn, and the action scenes are vintage Hopalong Cassidy. There are some pleasant diversions along the way - including an understated Beth Clark - and the climatic denouement seems a natural to the scenes which precede it. There is a little singing along the way, but - as in most of the early Cassidy movies - the music is pleasant, authentic to its genre, and does not interfere with the plot or action. Also, Trail Dust contains some good scenes of cattle-droving, using some real-life cowboys. Quite Enjoyable.

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