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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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3 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Too Much Comedy & No Pirates, 24 March 2006
Author: Don W from Long Island Motor Parkway

The silly title is a put off, but of course there are no real "pirates" in this film, which at 69 minutes, is one of the longest in the Hopalong Cassidy series. It starts off very well, with lots of action & a goldmine plot. Based on the way it started, I thought this would be one of the best Hoppy films; it was realistic, conveyed a good old-fashioned western feeling, & the gunfight between a prospector & the baddies was brutal. Hoppy first appears 10 minutes into the film, wearing a black hat, tan shirt, & light-colored pants. If you've read my other Hoppy reviews, you'll know that the lighter the colors he wears, the worse the film is. I thought this film would be an exception to that rule, but sadly, I was wrong. The comedy starts soon after Hoppy appears, which is to be expected anytime Andy Clyde is on screen, & that's OK, but in this film, the comedy went on & on & on, & eventually caused the film to lose all the momentum it had gained before Hoppy had even appeared. There were some good comedy segments to be sure; one that stands out is California's assumption that he's speaking to a dumb Indian & therefore resorts to pantomime, only to find out that the Indian speaks English in a more educated manner than any of the cowboys! Another humorous segment involved jokes about Lucky's propensity for immediately falling in love with any young lady he meets. But five to ten minutes of the film is wasted on a long, drawn out gold nugget joke situation. Amazingly, Hoppy is not involved in even a single gunfight, & fires his gun only once during the film (but at the ground). The first 10 minutes of the film were certainly the best part of this film, & it could have been so much better than it was, a disappointing effort overall.

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