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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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James Ellison ...
Johnny Nelson (as Jimmy Ellison)
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Windy (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 ...
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)
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Storyline

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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Adventure | Western

Certificate:

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11 December 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'agguato  »

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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 »

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Followed by Bar 20 Justice (1938) See more »

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Trail Dust
Music and Lyrics by Claudia Humphrey
Played and Sung over the opening credits
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pretty mediocre
11 July 2014 | by (Brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

It's almost as though the other reviewers here were reviewing another movie than the one I saw. It was decent, and perhaps pretty good for the time it was made (1936), but I found it pretty creaky, mediocre, almost juvenile with all the Windy-Johnny banter.

For me, one sign of a weak adventure movie is seeing the hero easily start a brush fire to deter the bad guys, here the bad guy's herd of cattle.

Another thing that threw me was that Hoppy suddenly is convinced to organize a cattle drive to deliver cheap food to a hungry town. I couldn't understand why it would make any difference as to whose herd reached that town first -- benevolent Hoppy's herd (which would be sold by Hoppy for a fair low price) or a greedy bad guy's rival herd (who would charge a lot for his cattle). What was the rush? Why should a day or two matter? Hoppy could have easily sent a horseback rider to the town, telling the townspeople to wait for Hoppy's inexpensive cattle.


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