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Certificate: Passed Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

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Certificate: Passed Adventure | Comedy | Western
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Hoppy and Lucky confront a gang of outlaws which has been ravaging stagecoaches and gold mines. The final gunfight is at Ed Colby's mine.

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Stars: William Boyd, Russell Hayden, Minor Watson
False Colors (1943)
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

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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Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 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
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Hoppy, Lucky and California search for a mine owned by Trudy Pendleton after it was taken from her by the swindling gambler Ace Gibson. They find the mine and Hoppy fights Gibson over it.

Director: Lesley Selander
Stars: William Boyd, Russell Hayden, Andy Clyde
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 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.

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Stars: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Brad King
Lumberjack (1944)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Julie's husband has been murdered and land agents want her to sign away her property rights. Hoppy warns against this but she does so anyway. It looks as though she will be unable to ... See full summary »

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Stars: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Jimmy Rogers
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Cattle rustler Nevada dreams of living like an emperor in the West. Hoppy and the Bar 20 boys aim to put an end to his dream.

Director: Howard Bretherton
Stars: William Boyd, James Ellison, Jean Rouverol
Trail Dust (1936)
Certificate: Open Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Hoppy, Johnny and Windy are fighting a malicious gang trying to stop a cattle drive from reaching a drought-stricken North.

Director: Nate Watt
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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.

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Stars: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Jimmy Rogers
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

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Colt Comrades (1943)
Action | Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

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

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Stars: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Jay Kirby
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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 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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Pop Sherman Rides Into the Sunset!
23 April 2005 | by (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Forty Thieves" was the 54th and final Hopalong Cassidy series western produced by Harry "Pop" Sherman. It is nonetheless an above average entry in the long running series. It was directed by long time series director Lesley Selander. The production values remained high and the supporting cast was filled with a cast of veteran players.

Hoppy (William Boyd) is the sheriff who has driven out all of the bad elements from the town with the help of his trusty deputies California Carlson (Andy Clyde) and Jimmy Rogers (Jimmy Rogers). The film starts out with several hard ridin' chase sequences of Hoppy chasing down the baddies. One day an old nemesis Tad Hammond (Douglas Dumbrille) rides into town. It seems that Hoppy had been responsible for Hammond's recent imprisonment.

Hammond vows revenge. Since Hoppy is running for re-election as sheriff, Hammond plans to run his own candidate for the office with a little help from his friends. His candidate is the spineless gambler Jerry Doyle (Kirk Alyn). So Hammond calls in the forty thieves of the title to ensure that Doyle wins. The forty thieves include such "B" western veteran heavies as Glenn Strange, Hal Taliaferro, Bob Kortman and Jack Rockwell.

The heroine and love interest of Rogers is Katherine Reynolds (Louise Currie) the daughter of upstanding citizen Judge Reynolds (Robert Frazer).

Hammond fixes the election and Doyle is proclaimed sheriff. Hoppy then decides that it is time to clean up the town once more. He is aided by his former boss Buck Peters (Herbert Rawlinson) and the boys of the Bar 20. After a classic climatic gunfight justice prevails and California provides the standard "leave 'em laughing" ending.

This would be the last Cassidy feature for two years. Boyd would take over production of the series in 1946 and crank out a further 12 installments before moving on to TV in the early 50s.

Kirk Alyn (Doyle) is best remembered for playing Superman in two Columbia serials (1948 & 1950).

"Pop" Sherman could hold his head up high as he signed off from the series for the last time.


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