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Michael Wilson (original screenplay) and
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Release Date:
23 June 1944 (USA) See more »
THE ODDS AGAINST HIM WERE FORTY TO ONE! (original print ad-all caps) See more »
When he runs for sheriff, Hoppy is beaten by Jerry Doyle, the gutless wonder voted for by every crook in town... See more » | Add synopsis »
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William Boyd ... Hopalong Cassidy

Andy Clyde ... California Carlson
Jimmy Rogers ... Jimmy Rogers

Douglass Dumbrille ... Tad Hammond

Louise Currie ... Katherine Reynolds

Kirk Alyn ... Jerry Doyle

Herbert Rawlinson ... Buck Peters

Robert Frazer ... Judge Reynolds

Glenn Strange ... Ike Simmons

Hal Taliaferro ... Clanton
Jack Rockwell ... Sam Garms

Bob Kortman ... Joe Garms
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dick Botiller ... Henchman (uncredited)
Ralph Bucko ... Henchman (uncredited)
Roy Bucko ... Henchman (uncredited)
Frank Ellis ... Henchman (uncredited)

Herman Hack ... Henchman (uncredited)

Earle Hodgins ... Drunk Voter (uncredited)

Ray Jones ... Saloon Waiter / Henchman (uncredited)

Victor Jory ... Tom Jordan (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lew Morphy ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Tex Parker ... Henchman (uncredited)
Cliff Parkinson ... Card Player (uncredited)

George Reeves ... Steve Jordan (archive footage) (uncredited)

George Sowards ... Henchman Joe / Poker Player (uncredited)
Henry Wills ... Henchman (uncredited)

Directed by
Lesley Selander 
Writing credits
Michael Wilson (original screenplay) and
Bernie Kamins (original screenplay)

Clarence E. Mulford (based on characters created by)

Produced by
Lewis J. Rachmil .... associate producer
Harry Sherman .... producer
Original Music by
Mort Glickman 
John Leipold (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Russell Harlan (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Carroll Lewis  (as Carrol Lewis)
Art Direction by
Ralph Berger 
Set Decoration by
Emile Kuri 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Tobin .... assistant director
Art Department
Henry B. Donovan .... property master (as Henry Donovan)
Sound Department
William H. Lynch .... sound
Jack Noyes .... sound
Visual Effects by
Mario Castegnaro .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Cliff Parkinson .... stunt double (uncredited)
Ted Wells .... stunt double (uncredited)
Henry Wills .... stunt double (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Earl Moser .... wardrobe
Music Department
David Chudnow .... music supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #9980)

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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.See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Stuffing the Ballot Box, 15 June 2010
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

It's a pretty routine Hoppy until we get to that great suspension bridge. What an inspired piece of action, well staged and photographed. It's Hoppy and bad guy Hammond (Dumbrille) trying to stay on the life line high above the chasm, while knocking the other guy off. It's the movie's centerpiece, and I'm wondering if the tightrope was built for this film, or more likely, left over from a big-budget production. Either way, it's a visual treat.

Anyway, Hoppy's a sheriff mixed up in a crooked election master-minded by that fine arch- villain from many a costume epic, Douglas Dumbrille. To oust Hoppy, Hammond assembles forty thieves just like a frontier Ali Baba. Now Hoppy has his hands full, especially in the main street showdown. Not much hard riding or good scenery, however.

Several notable features. Screenplay is by ace writer Michael Wilson who later penned a number of prestige films, including Bridge on the River Kwai (1957). Watch for Kirk Allyn as Hammond's feckless sheriff. So how does the screen's first Superman become a "do nothing" sheriff! Speaking of feckless, poor Jimmy Rogers comes across like a big zero and even looks a little like a young jimmy Durante, of all people. Not so, the luscious looking Louise Currie. Too bad they gave her so little to do—just count her lines. Anyway, Bill Boyd is his usual great Hoppy, making the whole thing an entertaining 60 minutes

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