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Stagecoach War (1940)

Passed | | Action, Music, Romance | 12 July 1940 (USA)
Hoppy is busy chasing stagecoach bandits who sing as they rob.

Director:

Lesley Selander

Writers:

Norman Houston (screenplay), Harry F. Olmsted (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Boyd ... Hopalong Cassidy
Russell Hayden ... Lucky Jenkins
Julie Carter ... Shirley Chapman
Harvey Stephens ... Neal Holt
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Jeff Chapman
Britt Wood Britt Wood ... Speedy
Rad Robinson Rad Robinson ... Smiley
Eddy Waller ... Quince Cobalt
Frank Lackteen ... Henchman Twister
Jack Rockwell ... Matt Gunther
Eddie Dean ... Guitar Player
The King's Men The King's Men ... Singing Outlaws
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Storyline

"Hopalong" Cassidy, "Lucky" Jenkins and "Speedy" are driving a herd of Bar-20 mustangs to Bluesky, to be delivered to Jeff Chapman, operator of a stagecoach line. They come upon a stagecoach, which has just been looted of silver bullion by "Smiley" and his singing outlaws. The Bar-20 men give first aid to Jeff, who was shot during the robbery, and "Lucky" drives the stagecoach to town. There, "Lucky" is hard smitten by Jeff's daughter, Shirley, but she is in love with Neal Holt, who also has designs on her father's mail-carrying contract. Holt's foreman, "Twister" Maxwell, secretly works with "Smiley" and his gang, tipping them off on gold and silver shipments. Hold and Cassidy get into an argument over the merits of the Bar-20 mustangs versus Holt's pure-bred Morgans and the end result is a match race, with the stage contract as the stake. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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CASSIDY CRASHES THRU TO HIS GREATEST ADVENTURE! (original ad - all caps)


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 July 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ferradura Fatal See more »

Filming Locations:

Kernville, California, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (edited TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 Pirates on Horseback (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Westward Ho!
Written by Phil Ohman and Foster Carling
Sung by The King's Men
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Poor Hoppy movie
26 October 2014 | by chipeSee all my reviews

I gave this 5 out of 10, the worst Hoppy movie I have seen so far. As others have said, it moved slowly, especially with the three songs. I big downer is Julie Carter (the heroine), bad in so many ways, I'll be kind and not list them. Not surprising that she appeared in only about a dozen works, most of them as uncredited. As others pointed out here, it is novel, to say the least, that the SOLE bad guys/killers were the amusing-friendly-looking singing cowboys. One far-fetched thing was the girl hiding in one of the coaches during the stagecoach race, though it was important for the plot. Another unusual thing (that I would rate as good) is that all the main characters ended up as honest friendly good guys, reconciling at the end. That made the film easy to take and amiable.


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