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"Call of the Prairie" - Hopalong Cassidy Cowboy Adventure
released on March 6, 1936

The Actors: William Boyd (Hopalong Cassidy), James Ellison (Johnny Nelson), George 'Gabby' Hayes (Charlie Shanghai McHenry), Muriel Evans (Linda McHenry), Chester Conklin (Sheriff Sandy McQueen), Al Bridge (Sam Porter), Willie Fung (Wong), Howard Lang (Buck Peters), Hank Mann (bartender Tom), Al Hill (henchman Tom Slade), Jim Mason (henchman Hoskins), John Merton (henchman Arizona), Chill Wills (singing cowhand), Art Green (singing cowhand), Walter Trask (singing cowhand), Don Brookins (singing cowhand), Tom London (dealer), Pascale Perry (man in bank), John St. Polis (banker Jim)

Hopalong Cassidy Rides Solo

Hopalong Cassidy in Call of the PraireiThis is the fifth in a series of more than 60 Hopalong Cassidy movie adventures, and it is very different from the usual story format. In most of the Hopalong Cassidy adventures there is a pretty girl, and in this movie the eye-candy is Muriel Evans, as Linda McHenry. Like most of the Hoppy adventures the pretty young girl is never a love interest, the good guy never marries the girl at the end of the show. But there it ends . . . Usually Hopalong Cassidy has a young and handsome sidekick, played by Jimmy Ellison in the early adventures. Well. . . . James Ellison is Bar 20 cowhand Johnny Nelson in this story, but he is a drunken gambler who just might rob and shoot the owner of the Bar 20. Hopalong Cassidy adventures also featured a comedy relief character, usually George ‘Gabby’ Hayes, and although he is in this story as a prominent character, he is one of the bad guys, ‘Shanghai’ McHenry, who will take young Johnny Nelson out into the desert and force him to dig his own grave. Yes, Hoppy is alone in this adventure, and there is no telling what might happen next. When he returns to the Bar 20 ranch with the money from the sale of some cattle, he discovers that his buddy Johnny Nelson has robbed and shot the ranch owner and is on the run from the law. Willie Fung, as ranch cook Wong provides the comedy relief for this story, but Hoppy is on his own as he tracks down the fellows who shoot the ranch owner and rob him of all the money from the sale of cattle. His usual sidekick Johnny is the prime suspect and is on the run . . . His usual comic relief buddy Gabby Hayes is a nasty outlaw, and Hopalong Cassidy is on his most puzzling cowboy adventure ever . . . Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

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Thank You!

2014 was an exciting year for me, and I want to say thank you to every visitor that enjoys these old movies as much as I do. Four years ago I found myself with the knowledge to create nice web pages, along with a stack of old public domain movies that I owned and enjoyed. I decided to share them with the world . . . I thought that the 150 or so movies that I had collected were all the public domain movies in existence, but soon discovered more, and with good research and the help of the internet I am still discovering lost classics to share. Thanks to the amazing people at the New Dream Network I am able to share more than 2,000 almost forgotten classics, with many more sitting on my shelf waiting their turn to be added to this web site.

The question that I am asked most often is whether these movies are really public domain, or am I sharing movies that are still copyrighted and owned by movie studios and independent producers. Some folk believe that I am clever enough to share movies still owned by studios and independent producers without them knowing, but that would not be 'clever' . . . . merely 'stupid.' The first month that I started this web site I uploaded the stack of movies that I had on hand that I believed were public domain. Within days, when only a handful of visitors found my site, a movie studio contacted me and let me know that a couple of their copyrighted movies were among my uploads. I quickly apologized and removed them, and I started learning how to research copyright office records instead of taking the word of movie bloggers. To guarantee that I don't make a mistake, and encourage any studio or producer to correct any mistake that I might make, I do not hide the files with cryptic file names like movie pirates do, and I do not host the movies in a small offshore nation to prevent movie studios from finding either me or the movies. Every movie is named and dated and very easy for motion picture studios to search for and find . . . . . And believe me, they are constantly watching. You may have only discovered this web site recently, but all of the movie studios watch my listings very closely, and have since the very early days. Our legal system makes it very easy for movie studio lawyers to quickly shut down an offending web site, and I am a very cautious person who wants to be around for a while, and have no interest in abusing the rights of others. I am also very easy to find . . . . I am a very public person with my face on every page of the web site, and a contact link on every page of the web site, and if you look at the 'meet Jimbo' page you can even easily discover my cell phone number by following the link to my personal pages. The movies that have been here for five years now are still here because they have no current legal owner.

In 2014 the number of friends visiting the site and enjoying the movies tripled, and I am very grateful. One day in 2014 I got an e-mail note from Sir Robert Rietty, a British actor and voice-over specialist who wanted to thank me for sharing movies featuring himself and his famous acting teacher father Victor Rietti. We became e-mail friends, and I was able to find even more of his movies that were in public domain and share them with him and you, and Sir Robert was gracious enough to share behind-the-scenes stories about some of his experiences. I have also been honored to meet and become friends with Canadian director Rex Bromfield, a longtime friend of Richard Burton. Rex shared two experiences with Burton that have never been made public before, and I shared them with you in my reviews of the 1973 Welsh productions starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, Divorce His and the sequel Divorce Hers. Thanks to several new British collector friends, I am able to share many old British films that I, and indeed most folk outside Britain have never seen or heard of. It appears that 2015 will be the year of British Classics thanks to them. I cannot describe with words how much joy I am enjoying while building this web site and sharing the movies that I love with the rest of the world. Thank you all for sharing in my journey and exploring the stories produced during the first years of motion picture history. The past four years have been an incredible journey, but I suspect that the best is yet ahead of us, so stick around and visit often . . . And don't be shy about sending me a note, I cherish every one and respond to all of them.

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