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Forty Thieves (1944)

Approved  |   |  Action, Comedy, Western  |  23 June 1944 (USA)
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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 »

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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>

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

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Quarenta Ladrões  »

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

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Hopalong Cassidy: You'll leave, all right: riding, walking or feet first.
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Followed by The Dead Don't Dream (1948) See more »

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Despite several highlights, this was disappointing for Sherman's last Hoppy film
9 May 2003 | by (Long Island Motor Parkway) – See all my reviews

Set in Buffalo Buttes, the opening is exciting as the film starts with a gunfight on horseback. Hoppy starts off dressed all in black, which usually indicates a hit more than a miss, but then changes to a gentleman's outfit before changing back to black near the end. On the positive side, Earle Hodgins has a (too short) role as a drunk, California is in two real (not comic) fistfights, & gets beat up in both, & there are four gunfights. On the negative side, Jimmy Rogers appears as Hoppy's young sidekick & as always, he can't act (unless you consider "slouching" to be "acting"), is not handsome (as many of the young sidekicks were), & gets beat up in the one fist fight he engages in. Great scene: Hoppy puts guns in the holsters of the baddies, but they're afraid to use them; as Hoppy walks away from them, they shoot. Another great scene: a dozen men in a saloon advance at Hoppy all shooting; as he hides behind the bar, he shoots the lights out, then surprises them from the side of the bar. Despite these highlights, this was disappointing for Sherman's last Hoppy film. I rate it 5/10.


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