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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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Pop Sherman Rides Into the Sunset!, 23 April 2005
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"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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