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Sunset Trail (1939)

Passed  |   |  Adventure, Western  |  24 February 1939 (USA)
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Disguising himself as a milquetoast Easterner who writes Western novels, Hoppy enrolls in a dude ranch in order to unmask the murderer of the owner's husband.

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Windy Halliday (as George Hayes)
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Charlotte Wynters ...
Jan Clayton ...
Dorrie Marsh (as Jane Clayton)
Robert Fiske ...
Monte Keller
Kenneth Harlan ...
John Marsh
Anthony Nace ...
Henchman Steve Dorman
Kathryn Sheldon ...
Abigail Snodgrass
Maurice Cass ...
E. Prescott Furbush
Alphonse Ethier ...
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Glenn Strange ...
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Claudia Smith ...
Mary Rogers, Dude ranch guest
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Keller buys Marsh's cattle and then murders him to retrieve the money. But Ann Marsh remembered some of the serial numbers and this is the clue that Hoppy needs. He arrives posing as a dude. He also poses as a novice poker player and this brings in a few of the stolen bills. When he realizes Keller is the one he is after, he wins back all the money at the poker table. He escapes from Keller's saloon but Keller and his men head out after him. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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dude | ranch | poker | dude ranch | cattle | See All (60) »

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Adventure | Western

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24 February 1939 (USA)  »

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Betrüger am Werk  »

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The twenty-second of sixty-six Hopalong Cassidy movies. See more »

Quotes

Superintendent: We'll send you a first guest, and among those guests will be a certain man - William H. Cassidy.
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Superintendent: There's still men in this country, Mrs. Marsh, who'll gladly lay down their work, no matter what it might be, to fight in the cause of right without hope of reward. Such a one is the man I'm privileged to call my friend, - William H. Cassidy.
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Follows Texas Trail (1937) See more »

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A Cowgirl Dreams On
Written by Stanley Cowan and Bobby Worth
Sung by Jan Clayton (as Jane Clayton)
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Hoppy camps it up!
24 January 2004 | by (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Sunset Trail" is a very entertaining entry in the long running Hopalong Cassidy series produced by Harry "Pop" Sherman in the 30's and 40s.

In this one Hoppy (William Boyd), Windy (George "Gabby" Hayes) and Lucky (Russell Hayden) come to the rescue of widow Ann Marsh (Charlotte Wynters) and her young Daughter Dorrie (Jan Clayton) whose husband and father have been murdered by gambler Monte Keller (Robert Fiske). Ann decides to open up a "Dude Ranch". Hoppy, and this is where Boyd gets to have some fun, goes undercover as a foppish Eastern dude named William H. Cassidy to get the goods on Keller and his gang.

Boyd camps it up in a tweed suit and derby hat and seems to have a lot of fun doing it. He is seen in his regular black outfit only at the beginning and end of the movie. Hayes meanwhile is pursued throughout the movie by Abigail Snodgrass (Kathryn Sheldon). Hayden competes with Keller's hench man Steve Dorman (Anthony Nace) for Clayton's affections. The whole thing is brought to a climax in a rousing finale shootout where Hoppy brings the bad guys to justice.

As in most of the "Hoppys", the photography, in this case by Russell Harlan, is outstanding. The direction by Leslie Selander is crisp and keeps the story moving. Watch for veterans Glenn Strange and Tom London in minor roles.

Great fun.


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