Belle Langtry runs a town being taken over by cattle rustlers. She is also a front for the outlaws, who are led by Steve Fraser. Hoppy gets elected sheriff and cleans up the town with help from the Bar 20 boys.
The usual gang of bad guys is out to grab up all the available ranch land. This time their object is land belonging to Chinese. As an aside, Hoppy leads some archaeologists through parts of California.
With writer Bennett Cohen recycling the same script he had used at Republic in 1941 for Don Barry's "Desert Bandit", this 50th entry in the "Hopalong Cassidy" series finds Ranger Hopalong Cassidy falling into disrepute and leaving the service, because of the death of his pal and young protégé Tim Mason, who had lost his good standing through the suspicion that he was implicated with a band of smugglers, who had been using his ranch as a hideout. With the aid of his pals, California Carlson and Jimmy Rogers, Cassidy tracks down the outlaw gang, invades their hideout, and captures or kills the leaders, and regains both his and Tim's good names, while revealing his discharge from the Rangers was a plot hatched by him and Ranger Captain Jennings.Written by
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The fiftieth of sixty-six Hopalong Cassidy movies. See more »
Where yuh goin', Hoppy?
Whatta you care?
The Ranger Service! Forty dollars a month and free taps when you die! It's all yours! You can have it!... And this Captain Jennings we're supposed to respect! I'd have gotten a better deal from any sidewinding half-breed in the country!
Ranger Captain Jennings:
Kind of sneaky, isn't it, talking about a man when his back is turned!
Well, your back isn't turned now!
[he slaps Jennings across the face]
Ranger Captain Jennings:
We'll just make that suspension permanent.
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I absolutely love Robert Mitchum, but I'm sorry to admit I didn't sit through all 19 films he made appearances in in 1943. I watched a couple of them, including two Hopalong Cassidy flicks where he had more than just a line here and there. Riders of the Deadline was the last of this western series Bob made, and his part was the largest in this installment, so I rented it.
This certainly isn't William Boyd's last time as the recognizable cowboy; this is the 50th of 63 films he made in the series! In this one, his young buddy is killed and gets a posthumous bad reputation, so Hoppy sets out to restore his friend's good name and catch the gang who did him in. As you might suspect, Robert Mitchum is one of the bad cowboys. He does have some speaking lines in this one, though, unlike Colt Comrades, where he gets killed off in the first five minutes of the movie. If you really like old western serials, you might have already gotten hooked on the Hopalong Cassidy series, but if this isn't your cup of tea, you'll probably be glad they're only an hour a piece.
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