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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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Complete credited cast:
Andy Clyde ...
Jimmy Rogers ...
Deputy Jimmy Rogers
Louise Currie ...
Katherine Reynolds
Kirk Alyn ...
Jerry Doyle
Herbert Rawlinson ...
Buck Peters (Bar 20 Owner)
Robert Frazer ...
Judge Reynolds
Glenn Strange ...
Ike Simmons
Hal Taliaferro ...
Jess Clanton
Jack Rockwell ...
Sam Garms
Bob Kortman ...
Joe Garms


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 <>

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sheriff | stooge | violence | rancher | judge | See more »


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


Action | Comedy | Western


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23 June 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Quarenta Ladrões  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The fifty-fourth of sixty-six Hopalong Cassidy movies. See more »


Hopalong Cassidy: You'll leave, all right: riding, walking or feet first.
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Follows Range War (1939) See more »

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One of the more action-packed Hoppy films
22 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you love action, this episode is for you. Hopalong Cassidy is of course played by William Boyd, who does an impeccable job as usual. Outside of a few nice appearances by a few regular bad guys and California, there's not much to say about the acting which is fairly standard. The appearance of Andy Clyde as California Carlson is always a plus, but unfortunately Jimmy Rogers as "Deputy Jimmy Rogers" isn't one of Hoppy's better sidekicks. The story is also pretty standard fare.

In my mind, what sets this episode apart from many of the later Hoppy movies is the action. There are several gun and fistfights and Hoppy and company manage to dispatch of many of the "forty thieves" on camera. The final fight on the bridge scene is one of the better ones out of all 66 movies, and there's also a classic gunfight in the saloon along with other more standard gun play.

Overall, its fairly standard in most respects except for lots of action. The other elements prevent this from being up there with the very best, but it stands out among some of the weaker later episodes.

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