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.
The local school is causing Hoppy problems. First Bar 20 cattle are stolen when Hoppy investigates a problem there. Then the new teacher arrives and disrupts the routine of the Bar 20 hands... 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.
A town bedeviled with outlaws sends for Hoppy, Lucky and California after their own vigilante committee fails to solve the towns problems. Hoppy discovers that the bad guys are led by the town boss, and so are the vigilantes.
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The 27th of 66 Hopalong Cassidy movies. See more »
[Doc Tate wants Hoppy to join his medicine show as a guitar-playing troubadour]
Doc Rufus Tate:
All cowboys nowadays play guitar.
Well, this is one cowboy that never played a gee-tar and never will.
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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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