To obtain water rights, bad guy Mark Foster murders the heir to a cattle ranch and puts an imposter in his place.

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Before he was killed by Mark Foster's men, Bud Lawton willed part ownership in his ranch to Hoppy and his two pals. When the three arrive they find a fake posing as Lawton. When they expose the imposter, Foster gets the Sheriff to jail them for Lawton's murder. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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The forty-ninth of sixty-six Hopalong Cassidy movies. See more »

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Right after Hoppy's bar-room brawl with Robert Mitchum's character, Mitchum's face has a number of cuts where he's bleeding, but the next time we see him there are no marks or bruises on his face. See more »

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Hopalong Cassidy: [referring to imposter Kit Moyer] I got a feeling that boy isn't in this alone.
Jimmy Rogers: You mean someone else is pulling the strings?
Hopalong Cassidy: My hunch seems to run that way. At least we're not tipping our hand just yet.
California Carlson: And what's our next move, Hoppy? I'm just itchin' fer action.
Hopalong Cassidy: Ease down, you old fire-eater. If I'm not far wrong, you'll get plenty of action and soon.
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Follows Wide Open Town (1941) See more »

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Half of a Good Hoppy
9 November 2010 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

The first half is outdoors with some spectacularly moody vistas of the snow-covered Sierras. Just as impressive are those great shots of the many weird boulders covering the Alabama Hills. This is familiar territory for Hoppy and the boys, but it's never been more visually impressive.

There's some good action during this first part as Hoppy tries to prevent bad guy Foster (Dumbrille) from cheating a young brother and sister (Seidel & Drake) from their ranch inheritance. The second half moves indoors as Foster's scheme draws Hoppy and the boys out of the hills and into town. Too bad, in my little book, they couldn't keep this second half outdoors too.

It's a more notable cast than usual. Dumbrille, of course, is a veteran baddie from many an A-production, while hulking thugs Barcroft and Strange get rare speaking parts. Leading lady Drake would soon appear in that most nourish of noir classics, Detour (1945). But most notable is Bob Mitchum promoted into one of his first speaking parts—catch how well he acts with his eyes at the poker table. No wonder he was emerging from the crowd of cowboy extras. And for a minute, it looked like actor Seidel would be one of the few in Hollywood to get killed twice in the same movie!

There're the usual action staples-- some hard riding and a couple of really energetic fist-fights to keep things from getting too talky. I guess my only complaint concerns sidekick Jimmy Rogers. I agree with reviewer Don W that he's an inept presence, who unfortunately rather resembles a young Jimmy Durante. Wisely, the screenplay downplays his romance with the personality-plus Drake.

Anyway, the 60-minutes adds up for me as half-of-a-good Hoppy.


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