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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 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 »

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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Connections

Followed by Stagecoach War (1940) See more »

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Mediocre, With Novel Touches
22 December 2018 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

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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