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The Showdown (1940)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 8 March 1940 (USA)
European bad guy Baron Bendor leads some local townsmen in a plot to obtain horses through theft. Hoppy and his sidekicks Lucky and Speedy must find and expose the horse thieves.

Director:

Howard Bretherton

Writers:

Harold Daniel Kusel (screenplay) (as Harold Kusell), Daniel Kusell (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Boyd ... Hopalong Cassidy
Russell Hayden ... Lucky Jenkins
Britt Wood Britt Wood ... Speedy McGinnis
Morris Ankrum ... Baron Rendor
Jan Clayton ... Sue Willard (as Jane Clayton)
Wright Kramer Wright Kramer ... Colonel Rufe White
Donald Kirke ... Harry Cole
Roy Barcroft ... Bowman
Eddie Dean ... Marshal
Kermit Maynard ... Johnson
Walter Shumway Walter Shumway ... Snell
The King's Men The King's Men ... Singing Cowhands
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Storyline

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 <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Cassidy calls for a showdown...and then the action begins! Hopalong's fighting for his life with his back to the wall! See more »


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Trivia

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 »

Connections

Followed by Riders of the Timberline (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Mi Solo Amor
Written by Phil Ohman and Foster Carling.
Performed by The King's Men
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How Many Confidence Tricksters Are There?
15 December 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Runtime:

| (edited TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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