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.
Hoppy goes undercover as an outlaw (which permits him, for once, to drink and be mean to children) to track down a bunch of outlaws operating along the border. Loco, the head bad guy, ... See full summary »
George 'Gabby' Hayes
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.
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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Hoppy and the Bar-20 boys ride out to protect a freight line from hijackers masquerading as soldiers. In the process, Hoppy meets Jane, Lucky meets Diana, while California un-meets an amorous Mexican lady.
Calling this an "affable" Western isn't much of a compliment given the genre's macho conventions. Nonetheless, there's more chemistry and general good humor among cast members than usual. Sure, there's some of the expected rough stuff and gunplay no one takes seriously, anyway. But even bad guy Morris Ankrum gets several personable scenes, while Trevor Bardette who could frighten a platoon of Marines, e.g. They Won't Forget (1937), has a few kind words. But most of all are Boyd and Gombell, whose chemistry comes across as genuinely charming. In fact, seeing Boyd as Hoppy in these features makes me think he truly enjoyed making them. Anyway, in my little book, he comes across as the most likable of the matinée heroes. And though he could do the hard-eye stare when necessary, those chuckles, guffaws, and friendly faces appear genuine. One thing to note about the movieit's better produced than usual. Note the well-stocked teams of men on both sides of the law. Also, the ugly town and its muddy street appear more frontier-like than most A-Westerns.
(In passingthe girl Diana is played by Georgia Ellis. Old-time radio fans may recognize her as the radio voice of Gunsmoke's saloon girl Kitty Russell, a part Amanda Blake would later make famous on TV.)
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