Stephen Westcott and Ed Martin scheme to put Jane Travers' wagon line out of business. They want to use it take over all the wagon- train traffic going west. Hoppy, California and Lucky must make sure that doesn't happen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As rustled cattle have mysteriously disappeared, Johnny sends for his friend Hoppy, Hoppy arrives and immediately suspects Dan Slack. Realizing his telegram about Slack was intercepted, he ... See full summary »
Jane Travers asks Hoppy to help protect her next caravan against robbers. Westcott and Martin are out to stop them and have their men dressed as soldiers to escort the caravan. The fake soldiers don't fool Hoppy and he and the Bar 20 boys foil that plan. Martin's men then capture everyone but Hoppy and send them off to the firing squad. Now Hoppy has to find a way to save them singlehandedly. Written by
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One of the more plot heavy, story orientated entries in this long running series. Hoppy and his pals help out the female owner of a freight line which has been plagued by robberies. Along the way there's enough action and adventure to keep things nicely rolling along to the finish.
Again, one of the recurrent themes rears it's head as Hoppy is mistaken for one of the villains to start with before he proves his identity.
As mentioned, there is more story in this as Hoppy uses some neat detective work to deduce who the real criminals are. But it's not all work as all the boys pull in this episode! Lucky chases the young girl, California is chased and caught by an ample Mexican woman who also helps the friends escape a trap laid by the crooks. Although, California as always is more interested in the woman's cooking rather than her feminine charms.
Even Hoppy gets lucky with Jane Travers, the owner of the freight company and shamelessly flirts with her throughout the film. It's refreshing to see in this modern age of films where the leading man's romantic interest is usually young enough to be his daughter, that Jane is the same age as Hoppy. An attractive woman, yes, but certainly not in the first flush of youth. Hoppy seems very taken with her and is greatly impressed with her right hook and her overall fiesty personality.
All in all, a good entry in the series and enjoyable on quite a number of levels.
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