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Hopalong Cassidy Returns (1936)

A crusading newspaper editor recruits his old friend Hoppy to take the job of marshal in a town rife with vice and murder directed at helpless miners.

Director:

Nate Watt

Writers:

Clarence E. Mulford (based on the story by), Harrison Jacobs (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Boyd ... Hopalong Cassidy
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Windy Haliday (as George Hayes)
Gail Sheridan Gail Sheridan ... Mary Saunders
Evelyn Brent ... Lilli Marsh
Morris Ankrum ... Blackie Felton (as Stephen Morris)
William Janney ... Buddy Cassidy
Irving Bacon ... Peg Leg Holden
Grant Richards ... Bob Claiborne
John Beck John Beck ... Editor Bob Saunders
Al St. John ... Luke
Ernie Adams ... Assayer Benson
Joe Rickson ... Henchman Buck
Ray Whitley ... Davis
Claude Smith Claude Smith ... Henchman Dugan
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Storyline

When a miner is murdered before he can file his claim, Editor Saunders sends for Hoppy. Now the new Marshal, Hoppy learns Lilli Marsh owns the murdered miner's claim and her henchman Blackie was the killer. After Hoppy and the ranchers take care of Blackie's gang, Hoppy goes alone to face Blackie and Lilli. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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She was more ruthless than any man...and more dangerous! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A texasi seriff See more »

Filming Locations:

Kernville, California, USA See more »

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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

Film debut of Ray Whitley. See more »

Goofs

When Bob Saunders asks Windy about the noise outside, Windy tells him, "It's the gang from The Silver Slipper." The actual name of the saloon, however, is The Crystal Slipper. The name can be seen on the sign when the crowd is leaving the saloon. It is also called "The Crystal Slipper" by everyone else in the film. See more »

Quotes

Saloon Hostess: [referring to Lilli interacting with Cassidy] Say, look at Lilli! She don't know whether to kiss the new marshal or kill 'em!
Saloon girl: [with a sigh] I wish I had my choice!
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Connections

Followed by Heart of Arizona (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Camptown Races
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Foster (as Stephen Collins Foster)
Played in the Crystal Slipper saloon
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The most visually satisfying film in the series was recycled.
1 May 2000 | by gwryter-2See all my reviews

Apple-eating killers, great costumes for the female villain (a different, dazzling costume for almost every scene) and the impressive California Sierras make this Hopalong Cassidy adventure one of the best of the 60. It was so good in fact that Harry Sherman and his crew recycled the plot elements in another fairly good Hopalong titled, Wide Open Town. Although Hopalong Cassidy Returns is by far the better of the two, not only by virtue of being first, but also because more money was spent on the production and each had a different director: Nate Watt for HCR and Lesley Selander for WOT.

The dark-haired Miss Brent in satin and sequins plays well against the shimmering, silvery haired William Boyd. Their final scene is worth waiting for, if not for the emotional content then for the technical aspects of lighting and photography.

You won't see another like it in the series.


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