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Secret of the Wastelands (1941)

The usual gang of bad guys is out to grab up all the available ranch land. This time their object is land belonging to Chinese. As an aside, Hoppy leads some archaeologists through parts of California.

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Soo Yong ...
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Jennifer Kendall
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Slade Salters
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Clay Elliott
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Quan
Lee Tung Foo ...
Doy Kee
Gordon Hart ...
Dr. Malcolm Birdsall
Earl Gunn ...
Clanton
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Hollister
John Rawlins ...
Williams
Roland Got ...
Yeng
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Professor Balto Stubbs
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Storyline

Hoppy is leading a scientific expedition and the Chinese who have a hidden settlement nearby are trying to stop them. Saulters and his outlaw gang are also in the area looking for a gold mine. When Saulters men attack, the gold mine is found. Hoppy agrees to file for the Chinese and heads after Saulters in the chase to the land office. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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"HOPPY" BATTLES DESPERATE DESPERADOS! (original print ad-all caps) See more »


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15 November 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

To mystiko tis hamenis horas  »

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| (edited TV)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This is one of 54 Hopalong Cassidy features produced by Harry Sherman, initially distributed by Paramount Pictures from 1935-1941, and then by United Artists 1942-1944, which were purchased by their star William Boyd for nationally syndicated television presentation beginning in 1948 and continuing thereafter for many years, as a result of their phenomenal success. Each feature was re-edited to 54 minutes so as to comfortably fit into a 60 minute time slot, with six minutes for commercials. It was not until 50 years later that, with the cooperation of Mrs. Boyd. i.e. Grace Bradley, that they were finally restored to their original length with their original opening and closing credits intact. See more »

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During the gun battle, Hoppy exhausts one of his six-shooters, then fires fourteen bullets from the other. See more »

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Followed by Hoppy Serves a Writ (1943) See more »

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A Wonderful Classic Old Western
23 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

What a great movie. The storyline was truly ahead of its time, during a period of flagrant racism in the 1940's. It was great to see Cassidy stand up for the weaker Chinese immigrants. I loved the ending when Cassidy rides to the land office to claim the mine for the Chinese immigrants that discovered it. I was really surprised to find a movie from this time period that was actually a very accurate portrayal of early 19th century Chinese immigration. The early Chinese settlers came from the Canton province of mainland China, where they were drawn to the West with opportunities in the railroad expansion connecting together the eastern US with the western US. A treasured movie indeed.


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