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North of the Rio Grande (1937)

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Hoppy's brother has been murdered and he is on the trail of the murderers. To get them he makes himself seem to be a wanted man.

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Henry Stoneham / Lone Wolf (as Stephen Morris)
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Faro Annie
Jack Rutherford ...
'Ace' Crowder (as John Rutherford)
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Deputy Sheriff Jim Plunkett
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Hoppy arives posing as an outlaw to avenge his brother's killing by Plunkett. After robbing a train and killing Plunkett, he gets to meet the boss known as the Lone Wolf and lead his next job. Seeking help from Stoneman to capture the outlaws, he realizes too late that Stoneman is the Lone Wolf and is captured. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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28 June 1937 (USA)  »

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Ao Norte do Rio Grande  »

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Film debut of Lee J. Cobb (billed as "Lee Cobb"). See more »

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Hoppy gets shot, then tied to a chair. But in all subsequent scenes, his shirt shows no bullet hole or blood, even after Annie touches his shoulder and comes away with blood on her hand. See more »

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Croupier: Number eight on the black.
'Hopalong' Cassidy: That's me again.
Faro Annie: Well, Bill, you must have been born with a silver horseshoe in your mouth!
'Hopalong' Cassidy: [humorously] Why, Annie, you ain't insinuatin' I got a big mouth, are you?
Faro Annie: [flirtatiously] Big or little, good-lookin', you got a nice mouth.
'Hopalong' Cassidy: [he smiles]
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A film that deals with character rather than action
30 June 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This entry into the Hopalong Cassidy series proves to be an interesting one. Directed by Nate Watt , the film is a character study and is successful in this objective. Nate Watt only directed 7 Cassidy films, more's the pity as he really managed to get under the character's skins more than any other director.All of his Hoppy films are slow in pace, very atmospheric, more adult than the usual series films , and very strong on the principle characters involved. This film features a typical downbeat Nate Watt opening. Hoppy's brother Buddy has been murdered ( he was in a previous Hoppy film ). Hoppy, Lucky and Windy set out to investigate "The Lone Wolf", a bandit and mastermind behind many robberies in the town , plus the instigator of Buddy's murder. Stephen Morris ( aka Morris Ankrum ) is the villain of the piece. Lee J. Cobb is in a small part.The female lead, as in most Watt films is far stronger than usually portrayed in a Hoppy film. Bernadene Hayes has a real charm and really enhances the film. There is an obvious bond between her character and Hoppy , this is nice for a change from the Lucky character's usually silly romances.The final scene is beautifully acted by Boyd and Hayes, watch their eyes as they both convey their true feelings. Another beautifully directed sequence has Hoppy and Faro Annie ( Hayes ) dancing in the saloon whilst Windy plays the piano. Hayes sings "When Irish eyes are smiling ". This is beautifully done and it is obvious to any viewer Boyd is thoroughly enjoying the change of pace.There is a cracking finale with the villain and Windy on board a runaway train and again a poignant scene when Hoppy and Lucky believe Windy to be dead.This is not the finest Cassidy, indeed not Nate Watt's best but it has moments of originality and sheer bliss that should not be missed.

Sadly Nate Watt's career never really took off as it should have. But it should be noted he was assistant director on the classic 1939 film Of Mice and Men. I like to think he contributed a lot to that wonderful film.


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