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Heart of the West (1936)

TV-G | | Western | 24 February 1936 (USA)
Ranch owner Sally Jordan is engaged in a fence war with rancher Big John Trumbull. Hoppy and Johnny, along with trusty sidekick Windy, side with Sally Jordan. They control a huge cattle stampede by using dynamite.

Director:

Howard Bretherton

Writers:

Clarence E. Mulford (story), Doris Schroeder (adapted from "Mesquite Jenkins, Tumbleweed" by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Boyd ... Hopalong Cassidy
James Ellison ... Johnny Nelson (as Jimmy Ellison)
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Windy Jenkins (as George Hayes)
Sidney Blackmer ... John Trumbull (as Sydney Blackmer)
Lynn Gabriel ... Sally Jordan
Fred Kohler ... Barton
Warner Richmond ... Johnson
Jack Rutherford ... Tom Paterson (as John Rutherford)
Walter Miller ... Whitey - Henchman
Charles Martin ... Jim Jordan
Ted Adams ... Saxon - Wounded Henchman
Robert McKenzie ... Tim Grady
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Storyline

The sixth of the Hopalong Cassidy films, with the story source credited to Clarence E. Mulford's "Mesquite Jenkins, Tumbleweed", finds Hopalong Cassidy and his young pal, Johnny Nelson, leaving their Bar 20 home range to answer a letter offering them jobs on the Tumbling-L Ranch of Big John Trumbull near Yucca. Before they arrive in town, they save an old wrangler named Windy from drowning, who has been fired on from ambush as he was delivering a valuable stud bull to the depot. Windy, whose sole trusted weapon is a blacksnake whip, tells them he works for the Three-J Ranch adjoining Trumbull's spread. Hoppy and Johnny soon learn that Trumbull's outfit isn't the kind they want to work for, turn down the job offer, and take work with the Three-J, operated by easterner Jim Jordan and his sister Sally. Jordan is planning on fencing in his grazing land, but Trunbull swears this won't happen because, unknown to the other ranchers, Trumbull's men have been driving rustled cattle through a ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Hopalong Cassidy plunges into another adventure ! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bakhållet vid Black Valley See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonora, California, USA 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

This is one of 54 Hopalong Cassidy features produced by Harry Sherman, initially distributed by Paramount Pictures from 1935-1941, and then by United Artists 1942-1944, which were purchased by their star William Boyd for nationally syndicated television presentation beginning in 1948 and continuing thereafter for many years, as a result of their phenomenal success. Each feature was re-edited to 54 minutes so as to comfortably fit into a 60 minute time slot, with six minutes for commercials. It was not until 50 years later that, with the cooperation of Mrs. Boyd. i.e. Grace Bradley, that they were finally restored to their original length with their original opening and closing credits intact. However, in the case of this particular one, although the opening and closing credits were restored, ten minutes of missing footage was apparently never found, and so there are rather abrupt jump cuts from one scene to another. See more »

Quotes

Windy Jenkins: Our brand is Three-J, oldest outfit in this part of the country.
Johnny Nelson: Are you the owner?
Windy Jenkins: Well, not exactly. But I run it. See, the boss leaves everything to me. He's from the East.
Hopalong Cassidy: I'll bet you keep things goin' at top speed.
Windy Jenkins: You're darn tootin'!
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Follows Bar 20 Rides Again (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

My Heart's in the Heart of the West
Lyrics by Sam Coslow, music by Victor Young
Performed by James Ellison
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Below Par Hoppy!
28 May 2008 | by JohnHowardReidSee all my reviews

Although, as a general rule, the early entries in this series are superior to those produced in the 1940s, "Heart of the West" emerges as one of the least interesting of the Hopalong Cassidys. This one disappointingly treats us to a parade of dull and boring characters engaged in a tiresome plot about a fence war between neighboring ranchers. How many times have we been regaled with that one? True, fascinating characters and clever storytelling can overcome even the most hackneyed themes, but here the problem is not alleviated at all, but compounded by indifferent acting and poor production values.

Technically, the movie also weighs in as second-rate. The sound recording and the dubbing of effects are especially weak, and even Archie Stout's camera-work scales up as far less noticeably impressive than usual (although there is one composition looking through a window that's mildly appealing).

All the action is saved for the final reel. True, if you're prepared to wait for it, the cattle stampede at the climax does perk up the picture a few notches.


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