After Hoppy helps round up the Trilling gang, Trilling breaks his men out of jail and they rustle the Bar 20 herd for revenge. When Hoppy gets the herd back, Trilling posing as a Marshal not only gets the herd again, he gets the Sheriff to jail the Bar 20 gang. Getting help from the Sheriff's daughter, Hoppy and pals start out once more after Trilling. Written by
Maurice VanAuken <firstname.lastname@example.org>
HOPPY SOLVES A MYSTERY! It took plenty of fast riding and split-second shooting to uncover the mysterious outlaw who terrorized the West...but Hoppy does it in one of his most exciting adventures of his life!
Altogether one of the more minor Hopalong Cassidy entries
Set in Holbrook in the 1880s, Hoppy is dressed all in black (usually a good sign, but not always). On the positive side, there's lots of action & gunfights (four in all), & the heroine is especially helpful (she's a Sheriff's daughter). On the negative side, Jimmy Rogers is as wooden as always, the comedy is not too funny, the plot seems rushed between horse chases, & most of all, there's no real sense of toughness from Hoppy. Altogether one of the more minor Hopalong Cassidy entries.
I rate it 5/10.
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