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.
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
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In Fool's Gold Hopalong Cassidy gets a request from a friend who's an army colonel to fetch the colonel's son Steve Barclay away from an outlaw band he's planning to join before he gets in real trouble. Barclay is a lieutenant in the army and he's going to be part of an intricate scheme in a gold robbery.
Sad to say Fool's Gold has to go down as one of the lesser features in the long Hopalong Cassidy film series. In fact the series would shortly come to an end only to regain life on television in the early Fifties.
The screenplay was strangely actionless and had they concentrated on the caper aspects of the plot it might have been better. It was in fact an interesting idea for a robbery and could have worked better with better writers.
Even Andy Clyde's oafishness and yarn spinning was not as entertaining as normal Clyde's California character comes off as more stupid than amusing here.
For devoted Hoppy fans only.
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