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Bar 20 Justice (June 24, 1938)

George 'Gabby' Hayes
 

Released on June 24, 1938: (running time 68 minutes) Hopalong Cassidy helps a widow lady save her gold mine when a rival mine owner discovers a rich vein in her mine and kills her husband.

Produced by Harry Sherman

Directed by Lesley Selander

The Actors: William Boyd (Hopalong Cassidy), George 'Gabby' Hayes (Windy Halladay), Russell Hayden (Lucky Jenkins), Gwen Gaze (Ann Dennis), William Duncan (Buck Peters), Pat J. O'Brien (Frazier), Paul Sutton (Slade, mine foreman), John Beach (Denny Dennis), Joe De Stefani (Perkins), Walter Long (Pierce, henchman guarding secret entrance), Bruce Mitchell (Ross), Chuck Baldra (miner), Dick Dickinson (watchman Les Martin), Jack Evans (miner Evans), Milburn Morante (townsman), Charles Murphy (miner Murphy), Frosty Royce (Bar 20 cowhand Frosty), Jim Toney (miner), Blackjack Ward (miner), Bob Woodward (Bar 20 cowhand Fred), Wen Wright (Bar 20 cowhand Jim)

 

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The Gold Mine Swindle and the Deaf Watchman

Clark Hayes owned the best hotel in Stannards, New York, on the western end of the state, near Pennsylvania, and he added to his wealth as an oil production manager after oil was discovered in nearby Oil City, Pennsylvania. His brother was the vice-president of the wildly successful General Electric Company, founded by Thomas Edison after inventing the electric light bulb. His son George could have inherited the wealth that his father was creating, but instead he ran away from home when he was seventeen years old to play semi-pro baseball, and appear on vaudeville stages, where he became wealthy and famous, retiring from the theater world to his mansion on Long Island when he was about 40 years old.

Unfortunately, when the 1929 Great Depression began, wealthy George Hayes lost his fortune, including his mansion, and in desperation his wife Olive suggested that maybe he could earn a living in the new motion picture business. He began appearing in silent motion pictures in 1929, but it wasn’t until he appeared as a character in the first Hopalong Cassidy movie that he found his claim to fame.

He became one of the first side-kick characters for a famous cowboy star, becoming lovable side-kick ‘Windy’ in Hopalong Cassidy movies. After appearing as Hopalong Cassidy’s side-kick in eighteen movies he asked for a substantial raise in salary, and not getting it, he left the Hopalong Cassidy cast and became ‘Gabby’ instead of Windy, working with Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and others. After retiring from motion pictures, he managed a ten unit apartment building that he owned in North Hollywood until his death in 1969.

In this adventure he pretends to be a deef (that is how the word ‘deaf’ was pronounced in this time period) man looking for work at a failing gold mine. Hopalong Cassidy believes that someone is trying to steal the mine from the widow owner, and it is up to Hopalong and his side-kick Windy to bring the culprits to justice. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Gwen Gaze
Gwen Gaze
John Beach, Gwen Gaze
John Beach, Gwen Gaze
Pat J. O'Brien
Pat J. O'Brien
Pat J. O'Brien
Pat J. O'Brien
Paul Sutton
Paul Sutton
Paul Sutton, William Boyd
Paul Sutton, William Boyd
William Boyd
William Boyd
William Boyd
William Boyd
William Duncan
William Duncan