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The Devil's Playground (1946)

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Hoppy, California nd Lucky must rescue Mrs. Evans from the corrupt sheriff and his black-hatted gang of outlaws.



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Complete credited cast:
Elaine Riley ...
Robert Elliott ...
Joseph J. Greene ...
Sheriff Porky
Francis McDonald ...
Henchman Roberts
Nedrick Young ...
Curly Evans (as Ned Young)
Earle Hodgins ...
Deputy Daniel
George Eldredge ...
U.S. Marshal
Everett Shields ...
Henchman Wolfe
John George ...


Hoppy finds a wounded girl and later finds Judge Morton who claims the girl is his daughter and he is looking for her. But Hoppy soon learns the girl is looking for stolen gold she wants to return and the Judge in not her father but only wants the gold. Hoppy and the girl find the gold but the Judge and his men find Hoppy and the boys and trap them in a cabin. Written by Maurice VanAuken <>

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Release Date:

15 November 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dedo no Gatilho  »

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


Followed by Borrowed Trouble (1948) See more »

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Don't Call the Sheriff
10 November 2010 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Catch that spooky opening. I've seen a ton of great daytime shots of the rocky Alabama Hills. This is the first night time segment I've seen and it's very effective. The movie itself is solid Hoppy as the Bar-20 boys try to get the stolen gold before the bad guys. Hoppy also has to deal with a portly sheriff more interested in a poker hand than in law-enforcement.

The chuckles are also more spread around than California's (Clyde) usual silliness. It's a little hard at times knowing who is chasing whom since the cast of speaking parts is bigger than usual. And, unless my recollection is slipping, this is a Hoppy without a single fistfight! Also, catch that neat little twist with the winsome leading lady that leaves Lucky dumbfounded.

In passing—Curly is played by Nedrick Young who had an interesting Hollywood career. As a writer, he penned such popular prestige films as The Defiant Ones (1958), Inherit the Wind (1960), and even Elvis's Jailhouse Rock (1957). Many of his credits were under pseudonyms since he was also blacklisted during the McCarthy period. Not the kind of career you'd expect in a Saturday afternoon programmer, to say the least.

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