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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)

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The thirty-fifth of sixty-six Hopalong Cassidy movies.See more »
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful Hoppy film, 11 June 2012
Author: Paularoc from United States

The Hopalong Cassidy movies and television show are fond childhood memories. This is the first Hoppy movie I have seen in more than five decades. While I certainly hope I watch B Westerns with a different eye than I did when a child, I still enjoy them and this one was superb. Hoppy's comic sidekick, California (Clyde) receives word that his distant cousin, a prospector named Ben, has been murdered. Ben had recently struck gold at the El Dorado mine and unfortunately talked about it in the saloon. Ankrum wonderfully plays the cold and vicious gang leader Ace Gibson whose henchmen murder Ben. The ambush of Ben at his cabin is a gripping scene worthy of being in an A Western. Hoppy, California and Lucky (Russell Hayden) head out to Rim Rock to find Ben's mine. Upon arriving at the cabin, they find Ben's niece Trudy (Eleanor Stewart) already there. Pretending to be an old friend of Ben's, Ace has befriended Trudy and later turns her against Hoppy, California and Lucky. Unraveling a cryptic clue Ben left, the three do discover the mine. I much enjoyed the comic moments, particularly the scene where Hoppy and California tease Lucky over his falling so quickly for Trudy. I know Ankrum often played the bad guy in Westerns but every time I see him, I think of his role as a judge on the Perry Mason television show. At any rate, this is a superior oater whose only flaw for me is the ending, which makes no sense in terms of any succeeding Hoppy films.

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