An evil ranch foreman tries to provoke a range war by playing two cattlemen against each other while helping a gang to rustle the cattle. Each cattleman blames the other for missing cattle.... See full summary »
Joe Weller has instigated a conflict over water rights between two ranchers. The idea is to have the ranchers do each other in then move in and take over. Hoppy and the good guys won't let this happen.
Hoppy goes undercover as an outlaw (which permits him, for once, to drink and be mean to children) to track down a bunch of outlaws operating along the border. Loco, the head bad guy, ... See full summary »
George 'Gabby' Hayes
The usual gang of bad guys is out to grab up all the available ranch land. This time their object is land belonging to Chinese. As an aside, Hoppy leads some archaeologists through parts of California.
U.S. Marshal Hopalong Cassidy is called when a town becomes overrun with bad guys. Disguised as a member of a medicine show, Hoppy discovers that the ringleader is none other than sweet li'l ol' Ma Burton.
A former Bar 20 cowhand is now a cattle rancher and having trouble with rustlers. Hoppy and the Bar 20 gang ride in and surround the the bad guys. June Winters joins the posse and serves as the romantic partner for posse co-leader Lucky.
Belle Langtry runs a town being taken over by cattle rustlers. She is also a front for the outlaws, who are led by Steve Fraser. Hoppy gets elected sheriff and cleans up the town with help from the Bar 20 boys.
Hoppy and Lucky have been called in to investigate a series of stage holdups. The robbers are taking gold from Colby's mine and Hoppy suspects it may be ex-outlaw Colby himself. When Speedy strikes gold, Hoppy borrows it and announces a gold shipment hoping to catch the gang and their leader. Written by
Maurice VanAuken <firstname.lastname@example.org>
William Boyd was an excellent cowboy, but earlier he had been a good actor in all kinds of roles. I thought he stole "King of Kings," the silent version of the Christ story. Boyd had a cameo appearance, coming out of the crowd to help Jesus carry His cross.
As many times as I have seen that short bit, I still get tears, and chills of admiration for Boyd's ability to express his emotions with no words. It's a beautiful example of silent movie-making.
In "Hidden Gold," he has a more prosaic role, Hopalong Cassidy.
The Hoppy movie character is very different from the book Hoppy, and a better one, in my opinion.
The book Hoppy was a Bar-20 cowboy, but in the movies he was other things, too, including a bit of a detective, as in "Hidden Gold."
He is aided by a very capable cast, including Russ Hayden, an extremely likable young man with some funny dialog here.
A very lovely Ruth Rogers underplays the unhappy leading lady, and I wonder why she didn't make more movies.
That marvelous singer Eddie Dean makes a small appearance, and we get another chance to see the great Roy Barcroft, and Jack Rockwell, and the veteran Walter long, among a long list of talented performers.
Lesley Selander might have been brushed off as "capable" or "dependable" but those are important qualities, and in his hands, this B western shines.
It is also helped by a bouncy score, apparently put together by Irvin Talbot from stock music from such greats as Victor Young and George Antheil, and others, all uncredited, except, of course, here at IMDb.
This is another Hopalong Cassidy feature from Paramount, which means it's enjoyable entertainment, and it's one I highly recommend -- except: The excellent version at YouTube is marred by commercial interruptions, sometimes right in the middle of a scene, rather than between scenes, which would have been bad enough.
Ordinarily I refuse to watch movies interrupted by commercials. Here I make an exception. If you can't watch "Hidden Gold" elsewhere, see it at YouTube. You'll be glad you did.
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