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Law of the Pampas (1939)

Passed  |   |  Adventure, Western  |  3 November 1939 (USA)
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Hoppy and Lucky are headed to South America to deliver a herd of cattle. Bad guy Ralph Merritt gets in their way. For a while.

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Russell Hayden ...
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Don Fernando 'Ferdy' Maria Lopez Ramirez, aka 'El Melancolio'
Steffi Duna ...
Chiquita
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Ralph Merritt
Pedro de Cordoba ...
Señor Jose Valdez
William Duncan ...
Anna Demetrio ...
Dolores Ramirez
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Henchman Curly (Naples in credits)
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Henchman Slim (Schultz in credits)
Jo Jo La Savio ...
Ernesto Tito Valdez (as Jojo La Sadio)
The King's Men ...
Singing Cowhands
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Hoppy and Lucky deliver cattle to Valdez in Argentina. Merritt is after Valdez's ranch and has his son and daughter killed, supposedly in an accident. Examining the bullet, Hoppy suspects murder. Hoppy then remembers Merritt and finds his picture on an old USA wanted poster. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Murder below the Equator...and Hopalong races to action in the heart of the wild Pampas country! See more »

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Adventure | Western

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3 November 1939 (USA)  »

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A Lei dos Pampas  »

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

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Hoppy Goes To Argentina
10 April 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Law of the Pampas came out when the Hopalong Cassidy series had lost Gabby Hayes and was trying some different sidekicks out before settling on Andy Clyde as the old timer codger. In this case for one film only, the movie's second Charlie Chan, Sidney Toler filled the bill as Hoppy's adventures took him to Argentina.

Bill Boyd and Russell Hayden are sent by Bar 20 owner with some prize breeding bulls to Argentine rancher Pedro DeCordoba and it wouldn't be a Hoppy picture if he didn't aid somebody in distress.

That someone is DeCordoba who's had a string of tragedies. His son was accidentally shot while cleaning his revolver and a daughter was killed in a horse riding accident. Nobody thinks anything of it until Hoppy's down on the ranch.

The villain is unmasked rather early in the proceedings and its DeCordoba's American son-in-law Sidney Blackmer. In a story line taken from Richard III, Blackmer is quietly eliminating all the other heirs to the ranch. Now all that's left is DeCordoba and his grandson, little Joseph LaSavio.

Blackmer's a real slime ball as big a one as Laurence Olivier was in Richard III. He's got Steffi Duna on the side, the kind of girl you bed and don't wed. Not that she's not got visions of herself as mistress of a great estate. But that's not in Blackmer's plans.

Of course this film was shot nowhere near Argentina. The ranch hands are Argentine gauchos, skilled with the bola. But Blackmer's imported a bunch of American cowboys for his dirty work who must have looked real out of place on the pampas.

Sidney Toler is DeCordoba's foreman, but he hangs out with Boyd and Hayden as a third sidekick for most of the film. He certainly taught Hoppy skill with the bola because Hoppy uses it quite effectively in the climax with the bad guys.

Law of the Pampas was possibly a bit too ambitious an undertaking for a B western even if it is a Hopalong Cassidy product. But I'm sure William Shakespeare would never have dreamed one of his plays would turn up as the inspiration for a Hopalong Cassidy film.


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