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Pirates on Horseback -- Hoppy, Lucky and California search for a mine owned by Trudy Pendleton after it was taken from her by the swindling gambler Ace Gibson. They find the mine and Hoppy fights Gibson over it.


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Release Date:
23 May 1941 (USA) See more »
Hoppy, Lucky and California search for a mine owned by Trudy Pendleton after it was taken from her by the swindling gambler Ace Gibson. They find the mine and Hoppy fights Gibson over it. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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William Boyd ... Hopalong Cassidy

Russell Hayden ... Lucky Jenkins

Andy Clyde ... California Carlson
Eleanor Stewart ... Trudy Pendleton

Morris Ankrum ... Ace Gibson

William Haade ... Henchman Bill Watson

Dennis Moore ... Henchman Jud Carter
Henry Hall ... Sheriff John Blake

Britt Wood ... Ben Pendleton
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Silver Tip Baker ... Barfly (uncredited)
Bob Card ... Gambler (uncredited)
Tex Harper ... Barfly (uncredited)
Jack Hendricks ... Barfly (uncredited)
Bruce Mitchell ... Bartender Charlie (uncredited)
Chuck Morrison ... Gabby Cowhand (uncredited)
Cliff Parkinson ... Henchman (uncredited)
Jack Rockwell ... Liveryman (uncredited)

Dick Simmons ... Cheated Gambler (uncredited)

Tom Smith ... Gambler (uncredited)

George Sowards ... Wounded Henchman (uncredited)

Chief Thundercloud ... Flying Cloud (uncredited)
Henry Wills ... Henchman (uncredited)
Wen Wright ... Tall Henchman (uncredited)

Directed by
Lesley Selander 
Writing credits
Ethel La Blanche (screenplay) and
J. Benton Cheney (screenplay)

Clarence E. Mulford  character

Produced by
Joseph W. Engel .... associate producer
Harry Sherman .... producer
Original Music by
John Leipold 
Albert Hay Malotte (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Russell Harlan (photography)
Film Editing by
Carroll Lewis 
Sherman A. Rose 
Art Direction by
Lewis J. Rachmil 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Glenn Cook .... assistant director
Ted Wells .... stunt double (uncredited)
Henry Wills .... stunt double (uncredited)
Music Department
George Antheil .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Gerard Carbonara .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Karl Hajos .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Victor Young .... composer: stock music (uncredited)

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69 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Wide Range System)
UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #7053)

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This film received its initial Los Angeles telecast Sunday 6 March 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5).See more »
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Referenced in Death Wish (1974)See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Better Than Average, 27 October 2010
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

Aces all around except for the rather tame climax. Credit producer Harry Sherman for the general superiority of the Hoppy matinees. Here, he pops for scenic Lone Pine locations, expertly filmed by Harry Stradling— hard to beat that desert-mountain-big rock combination. Hoppy and the boys are trying to find a lost gold mine before the baddies led by the sneaky Ace Gibson (Ankrum) do.

Note the movie's many extra touches—the well-staffed barroom, the busy street, the detailed shack interior. These show attention to background unusual for programmers. Also, catch that expensive line of gold-rushers heading for the mine, though the scene appears shot in the cost-saving LA area.

For me, the scariest part is when the oily Ace looks like he's getting romantic with the winsome heroine (Stewart). Now, in his stellar career, the lordly Ankrum defeated A-bomb mutants, aliens from outer space, commanded armies, advised presidents, and also made a convincing baddie. But for some reason, the thought of his snuggling up to the girl ran a shudder right through me.

Hard to say enough about Bill Boyd in his Hoppy role. He's easily the most charming and affable of the matinée heroes, but can also do the hard-eyed stare when necessary-- as he does here. He, Clyde, and Hayden make a winning team, as their amusing fireside byplay shows. Anyway, there's enough hard- riding, straight-shooting, and story interest to make this a generally superior Hoppy entry.

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