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.
At the reading of his late cousin's will, California learns the estate will be divied among whoever remains of the seven relatives. With one already dead, another immediately murdered, and ... See full summary »
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.
Hoppy goes undercover as a gambler from the East when Bar 20 cattle are stolen by unknown rustlers. Brennan/Talbot are twin brothers (one a casino owner, the other a rancher) and Hoppy ... See full summary »
George 'Gabby' Hayes
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.
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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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 movie—it'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 passing—the 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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