In the 56th film of the 66 in the series (and the first one produced by William Boyd Productions instead of Harry Sherman), Hopalong Cassidy undertakes to help out his old friend, Army Colonel Jed Landry. The Colonel's hot-tempered son, Lieutenant Bruce Landry, has struck his commanding officer and is facing a court martial. Bruce deserts and is believed hiding at a robber's hideout-town known as Twin Buttes. Cassidy departs without telling his two pals, Lucky Jenkins and California Carlson, but they learn his destination and follow him. Hoppy arrives at Twin Buttes and attempts to register at the inn ran by Jessie Dixon but she is suspicious and refuses him a room. Cassidy makes friends with "Professor" Dixon, Jessie's father, and is given a room. Bruce is being kept in a hideout by a group of holdup men headed by Dixon, and has fallen in love with Jessie. She advises him to give himself up and face the Army court-martial, rather than participate in a series of shady deals engineered... Written by
Les Adams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Peace and quiet is what Hoppy is after on his ranch until an old friend turns up wanting his help. But it's us viewers who get the 'peace and quiet,' as this is a very dull entry in the long running series of film and TV episodes.
Far too much talking and little action in this story as Hoppy goes undercover to get his friend's son back on the straight and narrow. To disagree with my esteemed fellow reviewer, Hoppy does fire his pistol in this but only to kill a deadly spider left in his bed by the villain! The evil Prof Dixon and his collection of spiders are the stars of this, sadly, we see very little of them except as incidental background until the finale.
Lots of horse riding here and there and the plot is padded out somewhat before we reach the fairly predictable ending. Still, Hoppy and his pals are there usual carefree selves, so, it's pretty amiable viewing if nothing else.
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