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Forty Thieves (1944)

 -  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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Deputy Jimmy Rogers
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Louise Currie ...
Katherine Reynolds
Kirk Alyn ...
Jerry Doyle
Herbert Rawlinson ...
Buck Peters (Bar 20 Owner)
Robert Frazer ...
Judge Reynolds
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Ike Simmons
Hal Taliaferro ...
Jess Clanton
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Sam Garms
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Joe Garms
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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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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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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.


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