When he runs for sheriff, Hoppy is beaten by Jerry Doyle, the gutless wonder voted for by every crook in town. When Hoppy moves to have the new sheriff impeached, outlaw leader Tad Hammond ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(original screenplay), (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Bar 20 (1943)
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Stagecoach robbers take the money Hoppy was going to use to buy cattle so Hoppy, California and Lin go after them.

Director: Lesley Selander
Stars: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, George Reeves
Fool's Gold (1946)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The son of an Army friend is about the join an outlaw gang. Hoppy prevents this and brings the gang to justice.

Director: George Archainbaud
Stars: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Rand Brooks
Mystery Man (1944)
Action | Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Hoppy's ranch is threatened by rustlers. Hoppy and the gang oblige as usual.

Director: George Archainbaud
Stars: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Jimmy Rogers
Colt Comrades (1943)
Action | Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

While oil drilling, Hoppy and California discover an underground well - a potential threat to Jebb Hardin's monopoly on water in the region.

Director: Lesley Selander
Stars: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Jay Kirby
Action | Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Lee Garvin has eloped with the daughter of a railroad man who didn't approve of the marriage. Hoppy steps in when the young man is framed for murder.

Director: George Archainbaud
Stars: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Rand Brooks
Action | Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Sue Morgan gets Hoppy and his friends to join their expedition looking for Indian artifacts. Expedition leader Atwood makes a deal with nearby cattle rustler Morgan to loot the Indian ... See full summary »

Director: George Archainbaud
Stars: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Rand Brooks
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A bandit who robs both Americans and Mexicans is causing each side of the border to blame the other. Hoppy has to settle matters.

Director: Lesley Selander
Stars: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Jay Kirby
Border Patrol (1943)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

When three Texas Rangers try to investigate kidnapped Mexicans being used as forced labor in the mines of Silver Bullet, they are framed for murder by the town's corrupt sheriff.

Director: Lesley Selander
Stars: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Jay Kirby
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Sheriff Hoppy has to find a way to bring the bad guys, headed by Tom Jordan, to justice in the Lone Star state. The problem is that they are hiding out beyond his jurisdiction, in Oklahoma.

Director: George Archainbaud
Stars: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Jay Kirby
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A former Bar 20 cowhand is now a cattle rancher and having trouble with rustlers. Hoppy and the Bar 20 gang ride in and surround the the bad guys. June Winters joins the posse and serves as the romantic partner for posse co-leader Lucky.

Director: Lesley Selander
Stars: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Brad King
Action | Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Three bodies turn up in a frontier hotel. Hoppy solves the murders and chases the killers through unusually misty and dark locations.

Director: George Archainbaud
Stars: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Rand Brooks
The Marauders (1947)
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A bad guy has used several murders to drive all the inhabitants out of town in order to give his gang access to the oil which lies under the land.

Director: George Archainbaud
Stars: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Rand Brooks
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Jimmy Rogers ...
...
...
Katherine Reynolds
...
Jerry Doyle
...
...
Judge Reynolds
...
Ike Simmons
...
Clanton
...
Sam Garms
...
Joe Garms
Edit

Storyline

When he runs for sheriff, Hoppy is beaten by Jerry Doyle, the gutless wonder voted for by every crook in town. When Hoppy moves to have the new sheriff impeached, outlaw leader Tad Hammond hires forty gunslingers to stop him. Stop Hoppy? Hah! Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

THE ODDS AGAINST HIM WERE FORTY TO ONE! (original print ad-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 June 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Quarenta Ladrões  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The fifty-fourth of sixty-six Hopalong Cassidy movies. See more »

Quotes

Hopalong Cassidy: You'll leave, all right: riding, walking or feet first.
See more »

Connections

Follows Stick to Your Guns (1941) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The real forces of law and order
30 December 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Douglass Dumbrille an outlaw who Hopalong Cassidy brought to justice once is out on parole and he's got himself a scheme to take out Hoppy as sheriff. He imports a gang of Forty Thieves to town and they run roughshod over the populace at election time. Believe it or not, the symbol of western law and order is defeated at the polls by Kirk Alyn who is a no good and weak gambler and is Dumbrille's stooge.

Of course these kind of crooked shenanigans might be good for the big city east and their political machines, but in the west they don't cotton to that sort of thing. In the end Hoppy with the help of sidekicks Jimmy Rogers and Andy Clyde get things righted and the real forces of law and order triumph.

With some of the commentary it makes Forty Thieves is one of the more interesting Hopalong Cassidy westerns made. The screenwriter Michael Wilson found himself blacklisted as a result of the HUAC hearings and I can see why some right wing yahoos might object to some of the content of this film.

I'd give it a look, it's quite interesting.


0 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Who the hell is Sherman emeraldm-2
Discuss Forty Thieves (1944) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?