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Call of the Prairie (1936)

Approved | | Western | 6 March 1936 (USA)
Hoppy has to bust up a gang of outlaws with the help of his sidekicks Shanghai and Johnny. As usual, he walks through the fusillade unscathed.

Director:

Howard Bretherton

Writers:

Clarence E. Mulford (story), Doris Schroeder (adapted from "Hopalong Cassidy's Protege" by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Boyd ... Hopalong Cassidy
James Ellison ... Johnny Nelson (as Jimmy Ellison)
Muriel Evans ... Linda McHenry
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Shanghai (as George Hayes)
Chester Conklin ... Sandy McQueen
Al Bridge ... Sam Porter (as Alan Bridge)
Willie Fung ... Wong
Howard Lang ... Buck Peters
Hank Mann ... Tom
Al Hill ... Slade
Jim Mason ... Hoskins
John Merton ... Arizona
Chill Wills and His Avalon Boys Chill Wills and His Avalon Boys ... Singing Cowhands
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Storyline

Hoppy returns to find Johnny in trouble. Buck Peters has been shot by Porter who made it look like Johnny did it. When Johnny flees he runs into Linda. He takes a liking to her only to learn her father Shanghai is one of Porter's gang. Going after Shanghai, he gets captured by the gang and Porter now plans to kill him. But Hoppy is near by and Johnny will get unexpected help from Shanghai. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Taglines:

You'll THRILL To His Deeds of Daring...The Prince of Pistoleers in another action-packed saga of the sun-baked prairies!

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Última Testemunha See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Harry Sherman Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (edited TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The fourth of 66 Hopalong Cassidy movies. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Nelson: I guess I've been just about the biggest fool in the world.
Hopalong Cassidy: But you're not the first nor the last. I've done pretty well myself at times.
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Connections

Followed by Heart of Arizona (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

The Call of the Prairie
Music by Vee Lawnhurst
Lyrics by Tot Seymour
Performed by Chill Wills and His Avalon Boys
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Well-plotted Hoppy film, good integrated story.
18 April 2015 | by chipeSee all my reviews

A very different, but enjoyable, Hoppy outing. The movie has a slow pace with less action than the usual Hoppy film. There are no epic bad guy plans. Just a corrupt bunch of saloon denizens who learn of Buck Peters having cash from Johnny Nelson's (Hoppy's young sidekick) youthful blabbering in the saloon. Johnny gets blamed/framed for the outlaws'misdeeds. Most of the film concerns Johnny's self-loathing for ignoring Hoppy's warnings and associating with the bad saloon crowd.

What impressed me most about the film is that is was it was so skillfully written. Each scene led believably to the next scene.

As noted by others here, the film was also unusual in that Gabby Hayes was one of the bod guys here, though he reformed by film's end. In subsequent Hoppy films, Gabby played the comic sidekick.


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