Stagecoach War (July 12, 1940)

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Stagecoach War
 

Released on July 12, 1940: Hopalong Cassidy helps capture a gang of singing stagecoach bandits led by a happy fellow called Smiley.

Produced by Harry Sherman

Directed by Lesley Selander

The Actors: William Boyd (Hopalong Cassidy), Russell Hayden (Lucky Jenkins), Julie Carter (Shirley Chapman), Harvey Stephens (Neal Holt), J. Farrell MacDonald (Jeff Chapman), Britt Wood (Speedy), Rad Robinson (Smiley), Eddy Waller (Quince Cobalt), Frank Lackteen (Twister Maxwell, Holt's stable foreman), Jack Rockwell (Matt Gunther, gold mine manager), Eddie Dean (Tom), The King's Men (singing outlaws), Victor Adamson (townsman), Hank Bell (townsman), Bob Burns (cowboy), Rod Cameron (cowboy), Victor Cox (townsman), Ken Darby (outlaw member of The King's Men), Jon Dodson (outlaw member of The King's Men), Frank Ellis (cowboy), Art Felix (henchman), Bob Kortman (outlaw at campfire), Bud Linn (outlaw member of The King's Men), Johnny Luther (tall cowboy), Cactus Mack (townsman), Merrill McCormick (cowboy), George Morrell (townsman), Bill Nestell (barfly), Herman Nowlin (barfly), Tex Palmer (henchman), Cliff Parkinson (henchman), Tony Roux (stable hand Pedro), George Sowards (henchman)

 

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Matchmaker Hoppy

Most of the cowboy movies followed a predictable pattern . . . A good guy with a comic side kick . . . One pretty young girl, usually needing help . . . And a bad guy with a bunch of ornery henchmen. The Hopalong Cassidy movies also followed a pattern, but several of the Hopalong stories make a ‘left turn’ and toss the formula out the window, and this story tosses almost everything to the sagebrush wind.

The first thing I noticed were the stagecoach bandits. As our adventure opens Hopalong, Lucky Jenkins and Speedy hear gunshots over the hill. When they investigate they discover that the stagecoach has been robbed and the fellow riding shotgun on the stagecoach was gunned down by the bandits. Then we see the bandits loading the stolen bars of gold into their saddlebags . . . . Singing a happy cowboy song with smiles as wide as the moon. The leader of the bandits is called . . . . . Smiley! How can I get a good dose of anger at these happy, singing, murdering bandits?

Then Hoppy and Lucky get the stagecoach and the wounded stagecoach owner back to town, and we meet Neal Holt, a slick fellow who smirks and predicts that the stagecoach line has made its last run and he will get the new contract from Wells Fargo to run his stage coach. Ahhhh . . . . Now we have met the real bad guy for this story . . . . But wait . . . . As the story develops . . . . He ain’t so bad . . . . . What in tarnation is going on here?

This time we are in for one of those amazing stories that will not follow the cowboy formula for either a singing cowboy adventure or a ‘help the poor maiden’ story. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy
William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy
Britt Wood and Russell Hayden
Britt Wood and Russell Hayden
Britt Wood
Britt Wood
Eddy Waller and William Boyd
Eddy Waller and William Boyd
Frank Lackteen
Frank Lackteen
Frank Lackteen and Rad Robinson
Frank Lackteen and Rad Robinson
Frank Lackteen
Frank Lackteen
Harvey Stephens, Eddy Waller and William Boyd
Harvey Stephens, Eddy Waller and William Boyd
Harvey Stephens and Frank Lackteen
Harvey Stephens and Frank Lackteen
Harvey Stephens and Julie Carter
Harvey Stephens and Julie Carter
Harvey Stephens and Tony Roux
Harvey Stephens and Tony Roux
Harvey Stephens and William Boyd
Harvey Stephens and William Boyd
Harvey Stephens
Harvey Stephens
J. Farrell MacDonald and William Boyd
J. Farrell MacDonald and William Boyd
J. Farrell MacDonald
J. Farrell MacDonald
Jack Rockwell
Jack Rockwell
Jack Rockwell, William Boyd and Eddy Waller
Jack Rockwell, William Boyd and Eddy Waller
Jack Rockwell
Jack Rockwell
Julie Carter
Julie Carter
Rad Robinson
Rad Robinson
Russell Hayden, Bob Kortman and Rad Robinson
Russell Hayden, Bob Kortman and Rad Robinson
Russell Hayden and Julie Carter
Russell Hayden and Julie Carter
Russell Hayden
Russell Hayden
The King's Men
The King's Men
William Boyd and Eddy Waller
William Boyd and Eddy Waller