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Hoppy Serves a Writ (1943)

Sheriff Hoppy has to find a way to bring the bad guys, headed by Tom Jordan, to justice in the Lone Star state. The problem is that they are hiding out beyond his jurisdiction, in Oklahoma.


George Archainbaud


Clarence E. Mulford (story), Gerald Geraghty (screenplay)

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Complete credited cast:
William Boyd ... Hopalong Cassidy
Andy Clyde ... California Carlson
Jay Kirby ... Johnny Travers
Victor Jory ... Tom Jordan
George Reeves ... Steve Jordan
Jan Christy Jan Christy ... Jean Hollister
Hal Taliaferro ... Greg Jordan
Forbes Murray ... Ben Hollister
Robert Mitchum ... Rigney (as Bob Mitchum)
Byron Foulger ... Danvers - Hardware Store Proprietor
Earle Hodgins ... Bartender
Roy Barcroft ... Todd Colby


Posing as a cattle buyer, Hoppy crosses over into Oklahoma where the Jordan brother's and their outlaw gang operate outside the law. After receiving an unfriendly reception when he finds them, he, California, and Johnny rustle their cattle and drive across the river into Texas. He hopes they will cross over to retrieve their cattle and then he can arrest them. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Release Date:

12 March 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arizona sheriffen See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Harry Sherman Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


| (edited TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The forty-third of sixty-six Hopalong Cassidy movies. See more »


When Hopalong Cassidy crosses the river on his horse, the lower half of his body is completely submerged in the water, but when he arrives at the cabin where he meets Jean Hollister (Jan Christy) and Steve Jordan (George Reeves), his clothes are completely dry. See more »


Followed by Dangerous Venture (1947) See more »

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The Incidental Pleasures of "B" Westerns
23 June 2015 | by museumofdaveSee all my reviews

This traditional "Hoppy" adventure was never meant to be any kind of classic, but mainly functions as Saturday Matinée fare, a pitting of the good guys against the bad guys with plenty of horse chases and gun-play to keep the kids in their seats and wanting to come back for more.

Having grown up in the 1940's, I watch the old Westerns today for reasons other than a gripping plot about which the outcome is clearly foretold. The photography in this one, for example, is exceptional, with cinematographer Russell Harlan going beyond the usual camera set-ups to capture the beauty of location shooting in Lone Pine, California-- the desert-like conditions shot against mountain vistas, the beauty of rustling sycamores framing the action, and exceptional long shots giving us such keen perspectives as robbing of the Well's Fargo Stage from several angles (Harlan, incidentally, went on to film the indelible images of To Kill A Mockingbird). FYI, an unsolicited commercial: Platinum Productions (though Echo Bridge) has released the Cassidy adventures in multiples for very little money, and the transfers are remarkable!

Another incidental pleasure of Hoppy Serves A Writ is Hoppy himself, of course, a cool character who always seems a little above the chaos around him: William Boyd, a leading man from the 1930's found his niche in these Westerns--and we don't have to listen to him sing! Frequently pointed out is Robert Mitchum's first major appearance in a film: a performance at the edge of narcolepsy, but Mitchum actually saddles up a few times and rides; future Superman George Reeves has a meatier role as a dude with attitude, attempting to romance the sole female on the film, but losing her to Hoppy's cute, mild-mannered assistant. And for those with an eye for familiar character actors, the laconic Byron Foulger serves as a shopkeeper; Victor Jory, so often a villain in both Westerns and crime films, sports a nasty scar on his cheek that marks him as the one to hiss.

In all, this is 64 minutes of matinée fun, perfect for a Saturday afternoon with a bowl of popcorn and all your memories of time well spent with your Hollywood pals.

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