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Hoppy Serves a Writ (1943)

Sheriff Hoppy has to find a way to bring the bad guys, headed by Tom Jordan, to justice in the Lone Star state. The problem is that they are hiding out beyond his jurisdiction, in Oklahoma.

Director:

George Archainbaud

Writers:

Clarence E. Mulford (story), Gerald Geraghty (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Boyd ... Hopalong Cassidy
Andy Clyde ... California Carlson
Jay Kirby ... Johnny Travers
Victor Jory ... Tom Jordan
George Reeves ... Steve Jordan
Jan Christy Jan Christy ... Jean Hollister
Hal Taliaferro ... Greg Jordan
Forbes Murray ... Ben Hollister
Robert Mitchum ... Rigney (as Bob Mitchum)
Byron Foulger ... Danvers - Hardware Store Proprietor
Earle Hodgins ... Bartender
Roy Barcroft ... Todd Colby
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Storyline

Posing as a cattle buyer, Hoppy crosses over into Oklahoma where the Jordan brother's and their outlaw gang operate outside the law. After receiving an unfriendly reception when he finds them, he, California, and Johnny rustle their cattle and drive across the river into Texas. He hopes they will cross over to retrieve their cattle and then he can arrest them. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arizona sheriffen 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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Trivia

The forty-third of sixty-six Hopalong Cassidy movies. See more »

Goofs

When Hopalong Cassidy crosses the river on his horse, the lower half of his body is completely submerged in the water, but when he arrives at the cabin where he meets Jean Hollister (Jan Christy) and Steve Jordan (George Reeves), his clothes are completely dry. See more »

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Featured in Robert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star (1991) See more »

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Another border problem
14 May 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In Hoppy Serves A Writ Hopalong Cassidy is a sheriff and serving writs is certainly part of those duties. But when you're a Texas lawman and the outlaws are fleeing to Oklahoma Territory that becomes a problem. The outlaws are not only are fleeing to Oklahoma, but they're taking a large amount of rustled cattle there.

In real life this would have been a joint operation between the Texas sheriff and some federal marshals for the Territory. But this is a Hollywood western and a Hopalong Cassidy western and Hoppy settles his own problems albeit with a little incognito spy work. And these are all purpose outlaws that Victor Jory heads they don't specialize.

Hoppy's sidekicks are a little more useless than usual Andy Clyde especially. Though when the outlaws capture he doesn't crack under their brutality. Eventually its California who serves the writ and he does make a botch of it in his inimitable fashion.

Victor Jory is always a nasty and snarling villain and Jory did many a Hoppy film. So did future television Superman George Reeves who plays Jory's younger brother. Further down the cast list and making his film debut is Robert Mitchum definitely the most famous actor to ever appear in Hopalong Cassidy films. Mitchum is one of Jory's henchmen and he did several Cassidy films usually as an outlaw.

Not one of the better Hoppy films, but the film is the birth of the a screen legend.


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