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Partners of the Plains (1938)

Approved | | Western | 14 January 1938 (USA)
Lorna Drake has inherited a ranch. Hoppy teaches her a bit about ranching and handles Scar Lewis, the bad guy, in the process.



(screenplay), (story "Man from Bar 20")

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Complete credited cast:
Harvey Clark ...
Baldy Morton
Lorna Drake
Hilda Plowright ...
Aunt Martha
John Warburton ...
Ronald Harwood
Scar Lewis
Al Hill ...
Doc Galer
Sheriff (as Earl Hodgin)
John Beach ...
Mr. Benson


Lorna Drake arrives from England to take over the ranch. Although she and Hoppy argue most of the time she takes a liking for Hoppy, angering her fiance Ronald. This enables Scar to enlist Ronald's help in his plan to kill Hoppy. But when Hoppy foils that plan a forest fire develops endangering Lorna. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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14 January 1938 (USA)  »

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Herói do Rancho  »

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(Western Electric Wide Range System)

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


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An enjoyable and different Hoppy film, better than most
17 April 2015 | by (Brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

To my pleasure this was a different kind of Hoppy film, but it retained the best elements of the series — Hoppy's sterling, steely character, and his friendship towards his associates.

The British owners of the L-D Ranch, where Hoppy is the foreman, are visiting the ranch on their way to California. The chief owner is snooty, imperious, self-absorbed Lorna Drake. What is unusual is how Hoppy's love-hate relationship with her dominates the length of the film. In fact, in the first half of the film there is absolutely no bad-guy activities. In the second half of the film, Scar Lewis, who had been sent to jail by Hoppy, finally makes his move: he convinces the spurned lover of Lorna to help him get Hoppy into a remote cabin where they can blast the dam to flood Hoppy to his death. That's it — no robbery, rustling, counterfeiting ring, etc — just a plan to kill Hoppy.

Hoppy's movie-long bickering with Lorna got tiring at times, but for the most part was enjoyable. It's always fun to watch Hoppy's character withstand all adversity and forgive the temporary failings of his friends.

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