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Pirates on Horseback (1941)

Passed | | Western | 23 May 1941 (USA)
Hoppy, Lucky and California search for a mine owned by Trudy Pendleton after it was taken from her by the swindling gambler Ace Gibson. They find the mine and Hoppy fights Gibson over it.

Director:

Lesley Selander

Writers:

Clarence E. Mulford (based on character created by), Ethel La Blanche (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Boyd ... Hopalong Cassidy
Russell Hayden ... Lucky Jenkins
Andy Clyde ... California
Eleanor Stewart ... Trudy Pendleton
Morris Ankrum ... Ace Gibson
William Haade ... Henchman Bill Watson
Dennis Moore ... Henchman Jud Carter
Henry Hall ... Sheriff John Blake
Britt Wood Britt Wood ... Ben Pendleton
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Storyline

When miner Ben Pendleton strikes it rich, Ace Gibson has him killed but his men are unable to locate his mine. When California learns his cousin Ben has been murdered he gets Hoppy and Lucky to help investigate. Hoppy finds the clue left by Ben and finally solves the riddle and locates the mine. But just as they find the gold, Gibson's men arrive and make them prisoners. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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"HOPPY" RIDES AGAIN! He's the best in the West, with a thrill-a-minute, shock a second! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Banditen zu Pferd See more »

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Runtime:

| (edited TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film received its initial telecasts in Atlanta Saturday 15 January 1949 on WSB (Channel 8), and in Los Angeles Sunday 6 March 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »

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Followed by Bar 20 (1943) See more »

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A First-Class Production.
21 July 2005 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

Producer Harry "Pop" Sherman, originator of the Hopalong Cassidy film series that stars William Boyd, is responsible for this well-devised work, released through Paramount, that recounts of gold miner Ben Pendleton, viciously gunned down by henchmen of gambler Ace Gibson (Morris Ankrum) during an unsuccessful endeavour to force Ben into revealing the location of his newly found rich strike. Since Cassidy's friend California Carlson (Andy Clyde) is a distant cousin of Pendleton, he, Hoppy, and their sidekick Lucky Jenkins (Russell Hayden) attempt to locate the concealed lode while simultaneously seeking Ben's killers, but when the trio comes to the cabin of the deceased, they find it occupied by his niece Trudy (Eleanor Stewart). When the evil Ace succours the young woman, in the process turning her head against Hoppy and his friends while planning to defraud her of her legacy, Hopalong and his pals face tough sledding and many anxious, danger fraught moments. Shot in the rugged high country of eastern California's Inyo County, the brief (69 minutes on VHS) film is replete with finely wrought detail and naturalistic dialogue, trademarks of director Lesley Selander who had benefited from his close friendship with Buck Jones, gradually developing into a top drawer helmsman of low-budget Westerns. Additionally apparent is the hand of assistant director Glenn Cook, one of the best at deployment of extras. The work showcases humour as often as it does action and melodrama, all smoothly blended by Selander, while crisp editing and effective sound mixing, especially of the scoring, are noteworthy, and skillful cinematographer Russell Harlan is consistently inventive. All of the featured players perform capably, the beautiful Stewart a nifty rider to boot, with brief but effective turns from Dick Simmons, as a cheated gambler, and lanky Wen Wright as a Gibson lackey; acting laurels go to Dennis Moore, cast as Gibson's principal henchman, who eventually joined cinema's Forces of Good as a Range Buster but still frequently fulfilled roles as a member of the Forces of Evil.


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