A town bedeviled with outlaws sends for Hoppy, Lucky and California after their own vigilante committee fails to solve the towns problems. Hoppy discovers that the bad guys are led by the town boss, and so are the vigilantes.
A former Bar 20 cowhand is now a cattle rancher and having trouble with rustlers. Hoppy and the Bar 20 gang ride in and surround the the bad guys. June Winters joins the posse and serves as the romantic partner for posse co-leader Lucky.
Belle Langtry runs a town being taken over by cattle rustlers. She is also a front for the outlaws, who are led by Steve Fraser. Hoppy gets elected sheriff and cleans up the town with help from the Bar 20 boys.
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
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The fiftieth of sixty-six Hopalong Cassidy movies. See more »
Where yuh goin', Hoppy?
Whatta you care?
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:
Kind of sneaky, isn't it, talking about a man when his back is turned!
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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I hate to be so negative, but aside from William Boyd's always-pleasing performance as Hoppy and the mostly decent production values and scenery, this film isn't up to par with the better Hoppy outings.
One thing that amused me (partially because it was so unusual) is when Andy Clyde as Califonia Carlson went about trying to actually hang himself because he was so depressed that Hoppy (apparently) turned bad. Jimmy Rogers added to the fun in discussing the hanging-to-be with Carlson. (Jimmy Rogers make for a weak sidekick, at least as compared to the others in the series. The other co-stars were on the weak side too.) Another silly but amusing thing involving Carlson was when Hoppy wedged him into the "V" of a tree trunk in order to disable him for the moment.
One of the things that stand out for me is how so little thought seemed to be given to staging the action in any believable way. With all the experienced production crew and the success of the Hoppy franchise, they could have done a better direction job. Two examples I can think of off-hand: (1) Hoppy, going undercover, is accused of being bad. Only the Ranger boss knows this, and the two arrange for Hoppy to "escape" custody. Hoppy does this in such an unbelievable way -- amidst the other Rangers, Hoppy jumps on his horse and simply rides off SAFELY in a hail of bullets; and (2) worst scene ever is when Hoppy is under suspicion and riding with the gang of bad guys and is watched closely by bad-guy Robert Mitchum. Suddenly,Hoppy (on horseback) kicks the gun out of Mitchum's hand and successfully gallops away again in a hail of bullets. Jeesh!
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