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Hills of Old Wyoming (1937)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Western | 16 April 1937 (USA)
An evil deputy is using Indian half-breeds to rustle cattle. This causes trouble between the cattlemen and Indians. Hoppy, Windy and Lucky see that justice is served. Songs abound.

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Windy Halliday (as George Hayes)
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Alice Hutchins
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Ma Hutchins
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Steve Clemente ...
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Chief Big Tree (as Chief Big Tree)
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Peterson - Henchman (as George Chesboro)
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Daniels - Henchman
Leo J. McMahon ...
Steve - Cowhand (as Leo Mac Mahon)
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Smiley - the Cook
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In the 10th film of the 66 Hopalong Cassidy movies, Russell Hayden makes his first (of 27 consecutive) appearances as Cassidy's sidekick/protégé "Lucky" Jenkins. The character's actual name in the many Clarence E. Mulford books that featured him was "Mesquite" Jenkins, and Hayden's role was billed in this film as Mesquite "Lucky" Jenkins, and this film was the first and last mention of Mesquite Jenkins. This initial pairing of the trio of William Boyd, Russell Hayden and George Hayes (who only became known as "Gabby" when he wasn't allowed by Paramount to carry his "Windy" moniker to Republic when he departed the Cassidy series, which makes any pre-1939 cast listing showing a credit listing for a George "Gabby" Hayes a misnomer and in error for those who don't care for revisionist film history) is the one that many western-film and/or Cassidy devotees consider the best of all the trio pairings in the series. This one finds the ranchers near a Wyoming Indian reservation suffering heavy... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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ANOTHER HOPALONG CASSIDY ADVENTURE THROUGH THE RUGGED RANGES OF THE OLD WEST (original lobby card-all caps) See more »


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Film debut of Russell Hayden. See more »

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Follows Hop-a-Long Cassidy (1935) See more »

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Hills of Old Wyoming
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Music by Ralph Rainger
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A notch above the average series western.
31 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

Compared to most of the cowboy series films of the era, the Hopalong Cassidy movies are among the very best. He was no singing cowboy and the quality of the films are a tad better than the films of his contemporaries. Take "Hills of Old Wyoming" for example. While B westerns usually ran from 55-65 minutes and seem hurried, this one is 78 minutes and seems less slapped together than the others. This means the acting is better, the sets better and the story a bit more interesting.

For the first 15 minutes, Windy (George Hayes) and Lucky (Russell Hayden) were tracking cattle thieves who were stealing from not just their Bar 3 Ranch but from their neighbors as well. The trail led to the nearby Indian reservation and a nasty agent, Chief Deputy Andrews (Morris Ankrum). But his boss was pretty blind to all this and actually managed to often HELP Andrews in his evil endeavors. So, it's up to Hoppy to come along and piece the mystery together. And, working with the Indians themselves, he finds the man who shoots bullets with a strange notch.

I wouldn't call this brilliant compared to some of the A-pictures but for the series pictures, it's engaging and very well done. It also doesn't insult your intelligence or only appeal to the kids--a weakness with some of the other cowboys' pictures.


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