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Riders of the Deadline (1943)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Western | 3 December 1943 (USA)
When Hoppy's falsely accused young friend is killed while supposedly trying to escape from jail, an embittered Hoppy is blamed and drummed out of the Texas Rangers.

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With writer Bennett Cohen recycling the same script he had used at Republic in 1941 for Don Barry's "Desert Bandit", this 50th entry in the "Hopalong Cassidy" series finds Ranger Hopalong Cassidy falling into disrepute and leaving the service, because of the death of his pal and young protégé Tim Mason, who had lost his good standing through the suspicion that he was implicated with a band of smugglers, who had been using his ranch as a hideout. With the aid of his pals, California Carlson and Jimmy Rogers, Cassidy tracks down the outlaw gang, invades their hideout, and captures or kills the leaders, and regains both his and Tim's good names, while revealing his discharge from the Rangers was a plot hatched by him and Ranger Captain Jennings. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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"HOPPY'S" TRIGGER FINGER GETS BUSY...double crossing double crossers! See more »


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The fiftieth of sixty-six Hopalong Cassidy movies. See more »

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California Carson: Where yuh goin', Hoppy?
Hopalong Cassidy: Whatta you care?
[angrily]
Hopalong Cassidy: The Ranger Service! Forty dollars a month and free taps when you die! It's all yours! You can have it!... And this Captain Jennings we're supposed to respect! I'd have gotten a better deal from any sidewinding half-breed in the country!
Ranger Captain Jennings: [suddenly appearing] Kind of sneaky, isn't it, talking about a man when his back is turned!
Hopalong Cassidy: Well, your back isn't turned now!
[he slaps Jennings across the face]
Ranger Captain Jennings: We'll just make that suspension permanent.
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Hoppy gets a RIP
14 May 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Riders Of The Deadline has Hopalong Cassidy and his sidekicks Jimmy Rogers and Andy Clyde as Texas Rangers with Hoppy taking a fatherly interest in young Richard Crane and his sister Frances Woodward. Young Crane has fallen in with the wrong crowd mainly Anthony Warde and his outlaw gang. Crane has been letting them use his ranch to hide stolen cattle. But he agrees to go straight and Hoppy has his boss Herbert Rawlinson take him on as a Ranger.

It doesn't work out though and Crane is killed for what he knows and Hoppy gets a suspension what modern police shows term a RIP. When he punches out Rawlinson he gets fired.

I'm sure that all the Saturday matinée kids were stunned then to see Hoppy turn outlaw. But patience little ones, it's only some undercover work so Hoppy can uncover who's behind all the rustling.

Robert Mitchum who made his screen debut in Hopalong Cassidy films did his final Hoppy film with Riders Of The Deadline. At first Mitchum only got a line or two, but gradually his roles built up. Usually he was one of the gang and here he plays one with a bad grudge against Hopalong Cassidy for putting him in jail and he doesn't care if he's turned bad guy or not.

This Hoppy films should even satisfy those with more adult tastes in westerns.


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