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Stagecoach War (1940)

 -  Action | Music | Romance  -  12 July 1940 (USA)
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Hoppy is busy chasing stagecoach bandits who sing as they rob.



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Complete credited cast:
Russell Hayden ...
Julie Carter ...
Shirley Chapman
Harvey Stephens ...
Neal Holt
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
Jeff Chapman
Britt Wood ...
Rad Robinson ...
Gang Leader Smiley
Eddy Waller ...
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Frank Lackteen ...
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Jack Rockwell ...
Matt Gunther (Bluesky Manager)
Eddie Dean ...
Henchman Tom
The King's Men ...
Singing Outlaws


"Hopalong" Cassidy, "Lucky" Jenkins and "Speedy" are driving a herd of Bar-20 mustangs to Bluesky, to be delivered to Jeff Chapman, operator of a stagecoach line. They come upon a stagecoach, which has just been looted of silver bullion by "Smiley" and his singing outlaws. The Bar-20 men give first aid to Jeff, who was shot during the robbery, and "Lucky" drives the stagecoach to town. There, "Lucky" is hard smitten by Jeff's daughter, Shirley, but she is in love with Neal Holt, who also has designs on her father's mail-carrying contract. Holt's foreman, "Twister" Maxwell, secretly works with "Smiley" and his gang, tipping them off on gold and silver shipments. Hold and Cassidy get into an argument over the merits of the Bar-20 mustangs versus Holt's pure-bred Morgans and the end result is a match race, with the stage contract as the stake. Written by Les Adams <>

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12 July 1940 (USA)  »

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Ferradura Fatal  »

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(Western Electric Wide Range System)

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1.37 : 1
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The thirtieth of sixty-six Hopalong Cassidy movies. See more »


Followed by Lumberjack (1944) See more »


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Poor Hoppy movie
26 October 2014 | by (Brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

I gave this 5 out of 10, the worst Hoppy movie I have seen so far. As others have said, it moved slowly, especially with the three songs. I big downer is Julie Carter (the heroine), bad in so many ways, I'll be kind and not list them. Not surprising that she appeared in only about a dozen works, most of them as uncredited. As others pointed out here, it is novel, to say the least, that the SOLE bad guys/killers were the amusing-friendly-looking singing cowboys. One far-fetched thing was the girl hiding in one of the coaches during the stagecoach race, though it was important for the plot. Another unusual thing (that I would rate as good) is that all the main characters ended up as honest friendly good guys, reconciling at the end. That made the film easy to take and amiable.

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