7.2/10
55
1 user 2 critic

Strange Gamble (1948)

Approved | | Adventure, Western | 8 October 1948 (USA)
Hoppy is an agent of the federal government investigating the counterfeiting of both U.S. and Mexican money. His only clues are the name "Mordigan" and a drawing of a comet.

Director:

Writers:

(original screenplay), (based on characters created by)
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Teacher Lola Blair is against building the saloon right next to her schoolhouse. When she is kidnapped, Hoppy rescues her and forces the saloon keepers to relocate.

Director: George Archainbaud
Stars: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Rand Brooks
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A crusading newspaper editor recruits his old friend Hoppy to take the job of marshal in a town rife with vice and murder directed at helpless miners.

Director: Nate Watt
Stars: William Boyd, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Gail Sheridan
Action | Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Lee Garvin has eloped with the daughter of a railroad man who didn't approve of the marriage. Hoppy steps in when the young man is framed for murder.

Director: George Archainbaud
Stars: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Rand Brooks
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Hoppy and new sidekick California Carlson head to California to help out Lucky Jenkins.

Director: Lesley Selander
Stars: William Boyd, Russell Hayden, Andy Clyde
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

On a cattle drive Hoppy, camp cook Windy, companion Lucky, and young Artie Peters encounter an eccentric professor. The professor professes to be searching for the evolutionary missing link... See full summary »

Director: Lesley Selander
Stars: William Boyd, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Russell Hayden
The Showdown (1940)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

European bad guy Baron Bendor leads some local townsmen in a plot to obtain horses through theft. Hoppy and his sidekicks Lucky and Speedy must find and expose the horse thieves.

Director: Howard Bretherton
Stars: William Boyd, Russell Hayden, Britt Wood
Action | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Hoppy is busy chasing stagecoach bandits who sing as they rob.

Director: Lesley Selander
Stars: William Boyd, Russell Hayden, Julie Carter
False Colors (1943)
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

To obtain water rights, bad guy Mark Foster murders the heir to a cattle ranch and puts an imposter in his place.

Director: George Archainbaud
Stars: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Jimmy Rogers
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Hoppy, Lucky and California search for a mine owned by Trudy Pendleton after it was taken from her by the swindling gambler Ace Gibson. They find the mine and Hoppy fights Gibson over it.

Director: Lesley Selander
Stars: William Boyd, Russell Hayden, Andy Clyde
Action | Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

At the reading of his late cousin's will, California learns the estate will be divied among whoever remains of the seven relatives. With one already dead, another immediately murdered, and ... See full summary »

Director: George Archainbaud
Stars: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Rand Brooks
Action | Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Three bodies turn up in a frontier hotel. Hoppy solves the murders and chases the killers through unusually misty and dark locations.

Director: George Archainbaud
Stars: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Rand Brooks
The Marauders (1947)
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A bad guy has used several murders to drive all the inhabitants out of town in order to give his gang access to the oil which lies under the land.

Director: George Archainbaud
Stars: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Rand Brooks
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
Elaine Riley ...
James Craven ...
Robert Williams ...
Pete (as Robert B. Williams)
Alberto Morin ...
De Lara (as Albert Morin)
Joel Friedkin ...
Doc White
...
John Murray
...
Longhorn
William F. Leicester ...
Sid Murray (as William Leicester)
...
Mary Murray
Lee Tung Foo ...
Wong
Edit

Storyline

In the 63rd of the series based on the Clarence E. Mulford character, Hopalong Cassidy is working on a counterfeiting case for the government and, with his two pals California Carlson and Lucky Jenkins, enters a town where they meet Nora Murray and her brother Sid, who have come to claim the "Silver Belle" mine. The brother is killed by the gang led by Ora Mordigan, and Cassidy discovers a lost mine where the gang has been holding John Murray, Nora's father, a prisoner and forcing him to print the bogus money. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

hopalong cassidy | See All (1) »

Genres:

Adventure | Western

Certificate:

Approved
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 October 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Fighting Texan  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Wide Range System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Connections

Follows Pirates on Horseback (1941) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
very poor pedestrian Hoppy film, the last in the series.
19 April 2015 | by (Brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

There were 66 films from 1935-1948, all starring William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy. "Strange Gamble," released in October 1948 was the very last Hoppy FILM made.

Boyd also made some 52 half-hour Hoppy TV episodes between 1952 and 1954. Forty of these were fresh (original) shows co-starring Edgar Buchanan as Red Connors. The others were condensed/edited movies converted into half-hour TV episodes, usually with Boyd narrating parts to aid the editing and condensing. "Strange Gamble" happens to be one of the films which was turned into a half-hour episode; it is episode 3 of TV season 1.

I've seen both the TV episode and the feature film, both by the same name "Strange Gamble." Maybe I am too influenced by the TV episode, but the movie seems like cheap, formula TV. That's my review. Nothing positive to say.


0 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Strange Gamble (1948) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?