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Doomed Caravan (1941)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Western | 10 January 1941 (USA)
Stephen Westcott and Ed Martin scheme to put Jane Travers' wagon line out of business. They want to use it take over all the wagon- train traffic going west. Hoppy, California and Lucky must make sure that doesn't happen.

Director:

Lesley Selander

Writers:

Johnston McCulley (screenplay), J. Benton Cheney (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Boyd ... Hopalong Cassidy
Russell Hayden ... Lucky Jenkins
Andy Clyde ... California Jack
Minna Gombell ... Jane Travers
Morris Ankrum ... Stephen Westcott
Georgia Ellis ... Diana Westcott (as Georgia Hawkins)
Trevor Bardette ... Ed Martin
Pat J. O'Brien ... Jim Ferber
Ray Bennett ... Pete Gregg (as Raphael Bennett)
José Luis Tortosa ... Governor Don Pedro
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Storyline

Jane Travers asks Hoppy to help protect her next caravan against robbers. Westcott and Martin are out to stop them and have their men dressed as soldiers to escort the caravan. The fake soldiers don't fool Hoppy and he and the Bar 20 boys foil that plan. Martin's men then capture everyone but Hoppy and send them off to the firing squad. Now Hoppy has to find a way to save them singlehandedly. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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YOU BOYS ARE LOOKING FOR A SCRAP...AND I'M AIMING TO PLEASE!"....His guns are loaded and his trigger finger's itchin' for action. What a thrill as Hopalong crashes through a cordon of killers...to glory! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caravana Emboscada See more »

Filming Locations:

Kelso Canyon, 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

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 »

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Followed by Undercover Man (1942) See more »

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Technically Well-Made, Though Uninspired
27 June 2014 | by FightingWesternerSee all my reviews

Agreeing to help a lady freight operator who's suffering attacks and sabotage from possible rivals, Hopalong Cassidy battles a fake military escort and a contrived class war in Mexico!

Story-wise, almost everything about this Hopalong Cassidy adventure, starring William Boyd, is rather ordinary. However, the production values are spectacular compared to other B-westerns of the nineteen-forties, with a real Hollywood sheen, probably due to the fact that this was made at Paramount Pictures.

The detail in the sets, costumes and props are excellent. Photography is first-rate and action scenes are well-handled. It's just too bad that the script is uninteresting and pretty much all over the place.

Director Lesley Selander (who did a few of the Hopalong movies) was a great director and made studio B-westerns from the nineteen-thirties right up until 1968.


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