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False Colors (1943)

Passed  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Western  |  5 November 1943 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Jimmy Rogers ...
Tom Seidel ...
Bud Lawton / Kit Moyer
Claudia Drake ...
Faith Lawton
Rip Austin (as Bob Mitchum)
Pierce Lyden ...


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 <>

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Release Date:

5 November 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Den kejthåndede bandit  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The forty-ninth of sixty-six Hopalong Cassidy movies. See more »


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 »


Mark Foster: [to his henchmen] ... don't forget, no matter how foolproof a thing might be, one wrong move might ruin everything, so be on your toes, all of you.
Rip Austin: [to the other gang members after Foster has left] I certainly got to hand it to the boss. The whole thing is foolproof.
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Where Oh Where is Johnny or Lucky?
6 May 2003 | by (Long Island Motor Parkway) – See all my reviews

Although Hoppy appears dressed all in black throughout this film, it's not one of the better Hopalong Cassidy outings. Interesting highlights are a fight between Hoppy & Robert Mitchum (at one point William Boyd's stunt double is quite obvious), & Hoppy's shooting a gun out of Mitchum's hand. Hoppy always had two sidekicks. One was the scruffy oldtimer (first done to perfection by George "Gabby/Windy" Hayes & later played by Andy Clyde as "California"). The second sidekick was usually named "Johnny" or "Lucky." The "Johnnies" & the "Luckies" of the Hoppy films were often handsome young actors who had trouble acting. The idea was to give the women in the audience something to look at, & to provide a romantic interest when "Johnny" or "Lucky" fell for the heroine. "False Colors" makes me yearn for a Johnny or a Lucky, because the "Jimmy" (Rogers) in this film is neither attractive to look at, nor can he act. As a matter of fact, he's the worst actor of any junior sidekick in the Hoppy movies, and he appeared in several of them. Aside from having a famous dad (Will Rogers), why they needed this guy is beyond me! His attempts at providing a romantic interest are unintentionally laughable. I rate this 5/10.

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