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.
Hoppy goes undercover as a gambler from the East when Bar 20 cattle are stolen by unknown rustlers. Brennan/Talbot are twin brothers (one a casino owner, the other a rancher) and Hoppy ... See full summary »
George 'Gabby' Hayes
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 »
During the Spanish-American War, Colonel Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders are short of horses, and Hopalong Cassidy and his Bar-20 friends are detailed to round up a bunch of wild horses, but... See full summary »
George 'Gabby' Hayes
Julie's husband has been murdered and land agents want her to sign away her property rights. Hoppy warns against this but she does so anyway. It looks as though she will be unable to ... See full summary »
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 <email@example.com>
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. See more »
[Doc Tate wants Hoppy to join his medicine show as a guitar-playing troubadour]
Doc Rufus Tate:
All cowboys nowadays play guitar.
Well, this is one cowboy that never played a gee-tar and never will.
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Looks like the producers were aiming for a change of pace in the series-- Hoppy without his usual black attire, no Gabby, while guess who gets the girl, and maybe most unusual, it's everybody's grandmother who's the chief bad guy. Then too the story takes place mainly in town with very little scenery, no fisticuffs and only a last minute shoot-out. The plot's nothing special, bad guys stealing silver bars, while both Hoppy and Lucky are undercover and on their trail.
Nonetheless, actress Rambeau makes a convincing 60-year old master-mind (note how softly the script deals with her despite her criminal ways). Then there's the familiar Hodgins doing his fast-talking con-man, that furnishes some comedy relief. And in case you were wondering, we get a chance to see how flat tires are changed 1890's style. Anyway, it adds up to a mediocre entry with some noticeably different touches.
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