Hopalong Rides Again (August 20, 1937)
Released on October 16, 1936: Hopalong Cassidy leads a cattle drive through the same outlaw infested hills that a year earlier had stampeded his herd and killed some of the cowhands.
Produced by Harry Sherman
Directed by Lesley Selander
Written by Norman Houston from characters created by Clarence E. Mulford
The Actors: William Boyd (Hopalong Cassidy), George 'Gabby' Hayes (Windy Halliday), Russell Hayden (Lucky Jenkins), Nora Lane (Nora Blake), Harry Worth (Professor Horace Hepburn), Lois Wilde (Laura Peters), Billy King (Artie), William Duncan (Buck Peters), Jack Rutherford (Blackie), Ernie Adams (Keno), John Beach (Pete), Ben Corbett (henchman), Frank Ellis (henchman Dirk), Leo J. McMahon (Bar 20 cowhand), Artie Ortego (henchman), Blackjack Ward (henchman Slim)
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Archibald and Bad Luck at the Black Buttes
As our adventure opens it is spring at the Bar 20 ranch and young cowhand Lucky Jenkins has picked a bunch of wild flowers for the daughter of the ranch owner. Windy Halliday is painting the Bar 20 Ranch logo on his chow wagon. Hopalong Cassidy joins them and as Lucky and Laura wander off to flirt with each other Hopalong stares into the distant hills. He tells Windy that he is still saddened by the incident in the Black Buttes last year. When they were herding some cattle through the hills a band of rustlers stampeded their herd and stole most of the cattle. A few good Bar 20 ranch hands were stomped to death in the stampede, and Hopalong is hoping that one day he will have the chance to go into those bad luck hills again and maybe even the score with the outlaws. Some folk think that we should be careful what we wish for, because our wishes and dreams often become reality.
Soon Buck Peters, owner of the Bar 20, tells Hopalong that he needs to get a thousand fat cattle to the Army within ten days. Hopalong smiles and tells Buck that there is no way to get a thousand cattle to market in ten days, but Buck assures him that it is absolutely necessary to get them there in ten days. . . . . . If Hopalong will heard the cattle through the rustler filled Black Butte hills. Hopalong gets the cow hands together and they head into rustler territory with a thousand cattle. The rustlers of the Black Butte hills are ready for Hoppy and the cattle drive, and they will use a wagon full of dynamite to blow a chunk of mountain away and get the cattle to stampede so that the rustlers can grab a bunch of the stampeding cattle and hide them in Satan’s Canyon. The landslide from the blast falls on the chuck wagon burying Windy and the ten year old nephew of the Bar 20 ranch owner, Archibald ‘Artie’ Peters.
Hopalong Cassidy now has what he wished for, another confrontation with the rustlers of the Black Buttes, but once again it looks like the rustlers will win and Hopalong will not Bad Luck may once again be the outcome for Hopalong Cassidy and the cowhands of the Bar 20 Ranch . . . . 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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