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Range War (1939)

Buck Colins heads a group of local ranchers who are trying to prevent the railroad from completing its line through their property. Till now they have been able to charge tolls on herds ... See full summary »

Director:

Lesley Selander

Writers:

Sam Robins (screenplay), Walter C. Roberts (additional dialogue) (as Walter Roberts) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Boyd ... Hopalong Cassidy
Russell Hayden ... Lucky Jenkins
Britt Wood Britt Wood ... Speedy McGinnis
Pedro de Cordoba ... Padre Jose (as Pedro De Cordoba)
Willard Robertson ... Buck Collins
Matt Moore ... Jim Marlow
Betty Moran ... Ellen Marlow
Kenneth Harlan ... Charley Higgins
Francis McDonald ... Dave Morgan
Eddie Dean ... Pete - Stagecoach Robber
Earle Hodgins ... Deputy Fenton (as Earl Hodgins)
Jason Robards Sr. ... Rancher (as Jason Robards)
Stanley Price ... Agitator
Ray Bennett ... Stokey (as Raphael Bennett)
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Storyline

Buck Colins heads a group of local ranchers who are trying to prevent the railroad from completing its line through their property. Till now they have been able to charge tolls on herds passing through. Hoppy goes undercover to expose them. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Taglines:

HOLAPONG FACES THE FURY OF A LYNCH-MAD MOB! (original print ad-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Teufelsreiter von Texas 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

This film was first telecast in Atlanta Saturday 27 November 1948 on WSB (Channel 8) and in Boston Sunday 19 June 1949 on WBZ (Channel 4). See more »

Connections

Followed by Riders of the Deadline (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Home, Sweet Home
Music "Sicilian Air" arranged by H.R. Bishop
Lyrics by John Howard Payne (1823)
Played on harmonica by Britt Wood in jail
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Great Mountain Scenery Backs Action Story
27 October 2018 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

First-rate Hoppy, thanks mainly to great Sierra backdrops that embroider most every scene. In fact, unusual outdoor scenes complement almost all the run-time. Then too, there are two mountainside set-ups that are almost stunning in composition, worthy of any bigger budget production. And what about that old locomotive stuck somewhere about on the Lone Pine desert that's a real oddity. It's like an ugly ship in the middle of an ocean.

Series producer Sherman must have spent more than usual not only for the extended locations but for a lot of cowboy extras making up the two gangs. Seems a greedy landowner wants to sabotage a proposed rail line that will carry cattle herds to market. At present he charges ranchers a big toll to cross his land to market that he'll otherwise lose to the rail line. So friends of the cattlemen call in Hoppy, Lucky, and Speedy to help out.

At times, it's a little hard to separate the good guys from the bad, especially when Hoppy goes undercover-- but maybe that's just me. Actor Boyd shines as usual showing more personality than usual for an oater. But then he did have an earlier A-movie career, so his acting talents are better honed than most matinee heroes. Also, diminutive actress Moran makes an engaging pretty face even though her career was very short, and I wish we knew why. At the same time, two comedy relief players share the chuckles-- Wood and Hodgins. There may be a backstory to that oater oddity. Anyway, the programmer's a better-than-average Hoppy that, I think, keeps viewers entertained all the way. So tune in.


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