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“The Unexpected Guest” - Murdering Ghost Cowboy Adventure
released on March 28, 1947
The Actors: William Boyd (Hopalong Cassidy), Andy Clyde (California Carlson), Rand Brooks (Lucky Jenkins), Una O'Connor (Matilda Hackett, housekeeper), John Parrish (lawyer David J. Potter), Patricia Tate (Ruth Baxter), Nedrick Young (Cousin Ralph Baxter), Earle Hodgins (Joshua Colter, ranch hand), Joel Friedkin (Cousin Phineas Phipps), Robert Williams (Matt Ogden, saloon owner), William Ruhl (Sheriff)
The Ghostly Killer from the Grave
As our adventure opens California Carlson is getting dressed up in his finest Sunday clothes. He has received a letter from a lawyer telling him that his Cousin Tom Baxter has died and left something to California Carlson in his will. Hopalong Cassidy and Lucky Jenkins are going to escort him to the ranch where he may inherit a fortune, or maybe not.
Up in the rocks above them a shadowy figure wearing a black cape and black hat aims a rifle at California Carlson and fires. Fortunately, he misses, so the three buddies head for the Baxter ranch to discover what riches await California.
They discover that there are five other people that will inherit an equal share of the estate, but as the will is being discussed a shot rings out and one of the six people waiting to hear what they will inherit drops to the ground. Now instead of dividing the estate six ways, it is only five ways. . . . Unless there are more deaths to come. . . . And there are!
Housekeeper Matilda regularly visits the grave of the dead rancher in the back yard and listens to a spooky voice from the grave giving her nightly instructions. Death is visiting the people at the ranch and Hoppy must discover the secret of the ghostly voice before his pal California Carlson joins the other cousins that have been murdered. 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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