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Hop-a-Long Cassidy (1935)

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An evil ranch foreman tries to provoke a range war by playing two cattlemen against each other while helping a gang to rustle the cattle. Each cattleman blames the other for missing cattle.... See full summary »

Director:

Howard Bretherton

Writers:

Clarence E. Mulford (novel), Doris Schroeder (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Boyd ... Bill Hop-Along Cassidy
James Ellison ... Johnny Nelson (as Jimmy Ellison)
Paula Stone ... Mary Meeker
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Uncle Ben (as George Hayes)
Kenneth Thomson ... Jack Anthony
Frank McGlynn Jr. ... Red Connors
Charles Middleton ... Buck Peters
Robert Warwick ... Jim Meeker
Willie Fung ... Salem the Cook
Frank Campeau ... Henchman Frisco
Jim Mason ... Henchman Tom Shaw
Ted Adams ... Hall
Franklyn Farnum ... Riley - Cowhand
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Storyline

An evil ranch foreman tries to provoke a range war by playing two cattlemen against each other while helping a gang to rustle the cattle. Each cattleman blames the other for missing cattle. With the help of Bill Cassidy (Hop-along, because of an earlier bullet wound) and Johnny Nelson, the warring cattlemen join forces to do in the outlaws. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Three Musketeers of the Mesas in a rough riding romance of the roaring West! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hopalong Cassidy Enters See more »

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Budget:

$85,000 (estimated)
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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

James Gleason was originally announced to star in this film as Hop-Along Cassidy. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Ancient Voices (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Followin' the Stars
Music and lyrics by Sam H. Stept and Dave Franklin
Sung by James Ellison and Frank McGlynn Jr.
Played as background music often
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Very good
27 February 2006 | by jefieldpsuSee all my reviews

I thought the movie had the "feel" of western life..the cattle grazing in the opener..the dust on the outfits (except Johnny's!)You could even see the dust flying in several scenes....good characters, except the foreman (just didn't fit)..Ellison excellent as Johnny..and Hayes, McGlynn as Red and Middleton as Buck--all good...how about the scene where Hoppy appears riding Topper (I guess it was Topper,then) down that steep hill? I like the silent film "leftovers", like Hoppy's steely glare and the gathering of the ranchers scene near the end...Just a very well-done, enjoyable film! This movie borrows plot elements from the book Hopalong Cassidy (1910)-- Meeker, the H2 spread, Thunder Mesa..to name a few. I'm still reading the book, so I don't know all the details..! Interesting note-- the two well-known western character actors--Boyd and Hayes-- are from Eastern locales: Marion, Ohio and Wellsville, NY, respectively. Once again--a top rating for this film! John Field


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