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Doomed Caravan (1941)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Western | 10 January 1941 (USA)
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.

Director:

Lesley Selander

Writers:

Johnston McCulley (screenplay), J. Benton Cheney (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Boyd ... Hopalong Cassidy
Russell Hayden ... Lucky Jenkins
Andy Clyde ... California Jack
Minna Gombell ... Jane Travers
Morris Ankrum ... Stephen Westcott
Georgia Ellis ... Diana Westcott (as Georgia Hawkins)
Trevor Bardette ... Ed Martin
Pat J. O'Brien ... Jim Ferber
Ray Bennett ... Pete Gregg (as Raphael Bennett)
José Luis Tortosa ... Governor Don Pedro
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Storyline

Jane Travers asks Hoppy to help protect her next caravan against robbers. Westcott and Martin are out to stop them and have their men dressed as soldiers to escort the caravan. The fake soldiers don't fool Hoppy and he and the Bar 20 boys foil that plan. Martin's men then capture everyone but Hoppy and send them off to the firing squad. Now Hoppy has to find a way to save them singlehandedly. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caravana Emboscada See more »

Filming Locations:

Kelso Canyon, California, USA See more »

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Runtime:

| (edited TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »

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Likable
28 May 2010 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Hoppy and the Bar-20 boys ride out to protect a freight line from hijackers masquerading as soldiers. In the process, Hoppy meets Jane, Lucky meets Diana, while California un-meets an amorous Mexican lady.

Calling this an "affable" Western isn't much of a compliment given the genre's macho conventions. Nonetheless, there's more chemistry and general good humor among cast members than usual. Sure, there's some of the expected rough stuff and gunplay no one takes seriously, anyway. But even bad guy Morris Ankrum gets several personable scenes, while Trevor Bardette who could frighten a platoon of Marines, e.g. They Won't Forget (1937), has a few kind words. But most of all are Boyd and Gombell, whose chemistry comes across as genuinely charming. In fact, seeing Boyd as Hoppy in these features makes me think he truly enjoyed making them. Anyway, in my little book, he comes across as the most likable of the matinée heroes. And though he could do the hard-eye stare when necessary, those chuckles, guffaws, and friendly faces appear genuine. One thing to note about the movie—it's better produced than usual. Note the well-stocked teams of men on both sides of the law. Also, the ugly town and its muddy street appear more frontier-like than most A-Westerns.

(In passing—the girl Diana is played by Georgia Ellis. Old-time radio fans may recognize her as the radio voice of Gunsmoke's saloon girl Kitty Russell, a part Amanda Blake would later make famous on TV.)


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