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Hopalong Cassidy: Public Hero #1 (2001)

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Kind of Nice
11 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

It's a surprisingly pleasant documentary about William Boyd's character of Hopalong Cassidy. There are interviews with his wife and some fans, like Bill Cosby, but none with Boyd himself because he didn't do them -- out of modesty, not out of egomania. He did public service announcements -- "Don't play with guns. They hurt people." (Hoppy, where are you when we need you?) "The highest badge of honor a person can wear is honesty."

I don't remember any of his movies but have some vague recollection of his TV series. The guy never seemed to age. And this is one of those benign biographies in which the guy is painted as pleasant and honorable all over. Nothing here about a closet full of pantyhose or anything. But the admiring picture seems to have been rather accurate, or at least that's the impression we're left with after sifting the material presented. It's hard to criticize him, just as it's hard to criticize Roy Rogers. On a personal tour, for instance, Boyd refused to appear at a Southern theater until the waiting lines were desegregated. And that was before such acts were PC.

Boyd quit his TV series when he felt it was getting stale and rode quietly off into the sunset. He'd had a pretty good life.


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