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 ...
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An evil ranch foreman tries to provoke a range war by playing two cattlemen against each other while helping a gang to rustle the cattle. Each cattleman blames the other for missing cattle.... See full summary »
Stephen Westcott and Ed Martin scheme to put Jane Travers' wagon line out of business. They want to use it take over all the wagon- train traffic going west. Hoppy, California and Lucky must make sure that doesn't happen.
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
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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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