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.

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Marshal Hoppy has been called in to investigate payroll robberies and arrives posing as Marvelo the mind reader. When Lucky arrives Hoppy has him pose as the expected Marshal. Hoppy works his way into the gang led by Ma Burton and sets a trap for them. But once again Lucky slips up revealing the masquerade and Hoppy finds himself a prisoner in a burning building. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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26 January 1940 (USA)  »

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

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[Doc Tate wants Hoppy to join his medicine show as a guitar-playing troubadour]
Doc Rufus Tate: All cowboys nowadays play guitar.
Hopalong Cassidy: Well, this is one cowboy that never played a gee-tar and never will.
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Another likeable Hopalong film
11 December 2000 | by (Greenville, Ohio) – See all my reviews

William Boyd's Hopalong Cassidy embodied simple American righteousness, despite his black attire. With Lucky, Windy (Gabby Hayes), or later California, he defended frontier justice. However, I'm not sure of the time period ; sometimes the setting seemed modern, others are more traditionally old western. In "Santa Fe Marshal", Hopy goes undercover as he once did in "Borderland". He must discover who is behind a series of robberies. Ingratiating himself to a traveling medicine show, Cassidy becomes the band's mysterious mindreader. One doesn't need to be psychic to know the outcome of this formalistic sagebrush saga. Nevertheless, it is Boyd's screen charisma that makes this film, as well as others in the series, enjoyable. I recommend the first film "Hopalong Cassidy Enters" and "Wide Open Town". Also, the early John Wayne ( who displays comparable mannerisms to Boyd or vice versa depending on your opinion) vehicle "Dawn Riders" is a modest western. 2 out of 4 stars.


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