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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:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

Did You Know?

The thirty-fifth of sixty-six Hopalong Cassidy movies.See more »
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Referenced in Death Wish (1974)See more »


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Disappointing, poor Hoppy film: no action, weak plot, 17 May 2015
Author: chipe from Brooklyn NY

To me this was one of the worst, most disappointing Hoppy films. Andy Clyde's never ending comic dialog was childish, unfunny and excruciating. There was hardly any action in the film, save a shoot-out at the cabin near the start of the movie.

The plot was also a big nothing: at the end of the film, bad guy Morris Ankrum gets angry when the heroine won't sell her mine to him. He starts to manhandle her, and Hoppy rescues her. That's it! Not much of a crime to jail him for.

The only fairly interesting and clever thing in the movie was the mysterious clue left behind by the killed miner ("eagle will show way to mine at sundown") and Hoppy's unraveling of it.

As one reviewer pointed out, the title "Pirates on Horseback" has nothing to do with the movie. It also implies action which the film sorely lacks. The bad guy is merely a crooked gambler and conman, some pirate on horseback!

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