A former Bar 20 cowhand is now a cattle rancher and having trouble with rustlers. Hoppy and the Bar 20 gang ride in and surround the the bad guys. June Winters joins the posse and serves as the romantic partner for posse co-leader Lucky.
Joe Weiler has instigated a conflict over water rights between two ranchers. The idea is to have the ranchers do each other in then move in and take over. Hoppy and the good guys won't let this happen.
A town bedeviled with outlaws sends for Hoppy, Lucky and California after their own vigilante committee fails to solve the towns problems. Hoppy discovers that the bad guys are led by the town boss, and so are the vigilantes.
Render, posing as an European Baron, arrives at the Colonel's ranch where he plans to steal some of his fine race horses, rename them and then race them. Hoppy arrives at the same time and immediately becomes suspicious of the Baron. Winning money from the Baron at poker, he marks the bills. He is robbed but as suspected, the money reappears and it is the Baron that has it.Written by
Maurice VanAuken <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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 »
The 28th Hopalong Cassidy movie has Morris Ankrum showing up, sporting an accent, claiming to be a baron interested in buying Wright Kramer's harness-racing horse for a European syndicate. When he speaks with his associates, it's clear he's a con man. This casts doubt on Jan Clayton, who shows up riding the rods, when a letter arrives claiming she's the rightful owner of Kramer's ranch.
It's one of the best written Hoppies, because of that tension. There's even tension between series lead William Boyd and regular sidekick Russell Hayden. Miss Clayton, in her third and final appearance in the series, clearly relies on Boyd's assistance, kicking off Hayden's jealousy. I'm pretty sure it was just acting; later in the year, Boyd would marry Grace Bradley, and Miss Clayton would marry Hayden. Miss Clayton was not just another pretty starlet. She would originate the role of Julie Jordan in Rodger & Hammerstein's CAROUSEL; tv viewers would also recognize her as Ellen Miller, Timmy's put-upon mother in the first version of LASSIE. She would die in 1983 at the age of 66.
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