"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
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For the forces of law and the forces of love and romance
Stagecoach War has one thing I've not seen either in any western film let alone a Hopalong Cassidy film, singing outlaws. Singing cowboys are usually the leads and the good guys. But in this film someone at Paramount hired the vocal group The King's Men together with future cowboy hero Eddie Dean as a group of outlaws who've got great harmony.
These outlaws are having a great old time robbing two competing stagecoach lines, one run by Harvey Stephens and the other run by J. Farrell MacDonald and his daughter Julie Carter. It's business and personal because Stephens and Carter were once and item. In the mix comes Russell Hayden who as the young Hoppy sidekick gets to do a lot of romancing but never gets the girl.
There's a thrilling stagecoach race to see who gets the Wells Fargo mail contract. In the end all is resolved for the law and for the forces of love and romance.
Hoppy also gets to speak his peace about that unsung hero of the west the prairie mustang. Speaking it I couldn't help being reminded of those mustang horses in The Misfits. Hoppy did say they would wind up as dog food
This film not the greatest of Cassidy films definitely isn't dog food.
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