Belle Langtry runs a town being taken over by cattle rustlers. She is also a front for the outlaws, who are led by Steve Fraser. Hoppy gets elected sheriff and cleans up the town with help from the Bar 20 boys.
Hoppy and the boys come to the lawless town of Gunsight looking for their rustled cattle. When he breaks up Belle Langtry's gang's attempt to wreck the local printing press, he is made Sheriff. He sets a trap that snares one of the rustlers. Then he lets him go figuring he will lead him to the rest of the gang and the stolen cattle. Written by
Maurice VanAuken <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Usually its Russell Hayden or whomever is playing the young sidekick that gets the love interest in a Hopalong Cassidy film. But in Wide Open Town its saloon owner and chief villain Evelyn Brent who gets her hormones going in a big way for Hoppy himself.
Hoppy, Lucky, and California are traveling south on the trail of some stolen Bar 20 cattle when they come to Brent's town. It's a Wide Open Town with no sheriff thanks to Brent and Victor Jory who run an outlaw gang out of her saloon with rustling being only one of many rackets this gang is into.
After Jory and his gang beat up newspaper owner Morris Ankrum, Ankrum who also happens to be mayor talks Hoppy into taking the job of sheriff. Now he can use the official authority of the law to both accomplish his mission and clean up the town. Ankrum has a daughter in young Cara Williams but oddly enough Lucky Jenkins isn't buzzing around her as he would normally.
Because of Brent and her feelings for Hoppy she and Jory start quarreling and that puts an end to their partnership and their rackets.
One of the better Hopalong Cassidy features.
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