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Santa Fe Marshal (1940)

TV-PG | | Western | 26 January 1940 (USA)
U.S. Marshal Hopalong Cassidy is called when a town becomes overrun with bad guys. Disguised as a member of a medicine show, Hoppy discovers that the ringleader is none other than sweet li'l ol' Ma Burton.

Director:

Lesley Selander

Writers:

Harrison Jacobs (screenplay), Clarence E. Mulford (based on characters created by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Boyd ... Bill Hopalong Cassidy
Russell Hayden ... Lucky Jenkins
Marjorie Rambeau ... Ma Burton
Bernadene Hayes ... Paula Tate (Paula Bates in credits)
Earle Hodgins ... Doc Rufus Tate (Doc Bates in credits) (as Earl Hodgins)
Britt Wood Britt Wood ... Axel - Medicine Show Wagon Driver
Kenneth Harlan ... Blake - Henchman
William Pagan William Pagan ... Flint - Henchman
George Anderson George Anderson ... Tex Barnes
Jack Rockwell ... John Gardner
Eddie Dean ... Town Marshal
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Storyline

Marshal Hoppy has been called in to investigate payroll robberies and arrives posing as Marvelo the mind reader. When Lucky arrives Hoppy has him pose as the expected Marshal. Hoppy works his way into the gang led by Ma Burton and sets a trap for them. But once again Lucky slips up revealing the masquerade and Hoppy finds himself a prisoner in a burning building. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den ukendte rytter See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, 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 film was first telecast in Atlanta Saturday 25 December 1948 on WSB (Channel 8). See more »

Quotes

[Doc Tate wants Hoppy to join his medicine show as a guitar-playing troubadour]
Doc Rufus Tate: All cowboys nowadays play guitar.
Hopalong Cassidy: Well, this is one cowboy that never played a gee-tar and never will.
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Followed by Texas Masquerade (1944) See more »

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Another likeable Hopalong film
11 December 2000 | by dukemanteeSee all my reviews

William Boyd's Hopalong Cassidy embodied simple American righteousness, despite his black attire. With Lucky, Windy (Gabby Hayes), or later California, he defended frontier justice. However, I'm not sure of the time period ; sometimes the setting seemed modern, others are more traditionally old western. In "Santa Fe Marshal", Hopy goes undercover as he once did in "Borderland". He must discover who is behind a series of robberies. Ingratiating himself to a traveling medicine show, Cassidy becomes the band's mysterious mindreader. One doesn't need to be psychic to know the outcome of this formalistic sagebrush saga. Nevertheless, it is Boyd's screen charisma that makes this film, as well as others in the series, enjoyable. I recommend the first film "Hopalong Cassidy Enters" and "Wide Open Town". Also, the early John Wayne ( who displays comparable mannerisms to Boyd or vice versa depending on your opinion) vehicle "Dawn Riders" is a modest western. 2 out of 4 stars.


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