Maxson and Trimble are using the Night Riders to scare the ranchers off their land knowing there is oil under the ground. Finding a wounded lawyer Corwin, Hoppy assumes his identity. But Sam Nolan knows Hoppy and when he arrives in town the Masquerade is over. Written by
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The fifty-first of sixty-six Hopalong Cassidy movies. See more »
Much of this film takes place in Joshua tree groves. Joshua trees grow in a limited area of California and Arizona, nowhere near Texas. See more »
I was tryin' to dig this well when they came.
[grabbing a handful of soil and smelling it]
You have any trouble diggin' this stuff?
Always! Black gumbo keeps oozin' into the hole.
This is why Trimble wants your ranch and all the other land in the valley.
You mean that smelly stuff?
What's it good for?
There's a young fellah in the East can tell yuh. He's on his way to bein' the richest man in the world on account of it. His name is Rockefeller... John D!
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Boyd Gets to Do Some Acting in Another Good Hopalong Cassidy
A gang of outlaws is burning out ranchers and then their front man is buying out the settlers at bargain prices. But when a pal of Hopalong's is killed, Cassidy goes to investigate, disguising himself as foppish, milk-drinking Bostonian to do so in an amusing comic turn.
Boyd, a capable but bland actor was made for this sort of western, and given the series' start at Paramount, it had a level of gloss, both in the writing and production that almost all B westerns lacked. Veteran George Archimbaud directs and the cast includes the always excellent Andy Clyde, Russel Simpson as the lead villain, the almost forgotten J. Farrel MacDonald, and Mady Correll as the female lead -- not the love interest, since Hopalong never smoked, drank or paid attention to women. A pleasant way to kill an hour.
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