In Old Colorado (March 14, 1941)

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Hopalong Cassidy in Old Colorado
 

Released on March 14, 1941: Hopalong Cassidy, Lucky Jenkins and California Carslson head to Colorado to purchase cattle from Ma Woods, but some local outlaws rob them and rustle the cattle.

Produced by Harry Sherman

Directed by Howard Bretherton

The Actors: William Boyd (Hopalong Cassidy), Russell Hayden (Lucky Jenkins), Andy Clyde (California Carlson), Margaret Hayes (Myra Woods), Morris Ankrum (Joe Weiler), Sarah Padden (Ma Woods), Cliff Nazarro (Nosey Haskins), Stanley Andrews (George Davidson), James Seay (Hank Merritt), Morgan Wallace (Sheriff Jack Collins), Weldon Heyburn (Blackie Reed), Eddy Waller (Jim Stark), John Beach (ranch hand), Dick Dickinson (telegraph operator), Curley Dresden (henchman), Art Felix (henchman), Bill Nestell (wagon repairman Lafe), Philip Van Zandt (shell game operator), Ted Wells (ranch hand that quits), Henry Wills (henchman Jim), Wen Wright (ranch hand)

 

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Hoppy and the Mysterious Outlaw

Some of the Hopalong Cassidy movies are very ‘non-formula’ adventures that don’t follow the traditional cowboy vs outlaws pattern, and these movies are exciting to watch because of the surprises along the way. This story, in my humble opinion, is the perfect blend of fighting, shooting, killing, and humor. There are no songs and guitar strumming cowboys, but the everything else is here, keeping youngsters of any age elegantly entertained.

Hopalong and his side-kicks are taking the train from the Bar 20 in Arizona all the way north to the mountains of Colorado to purchase a herd of cattle from Ma Woods, played by Sarah Padden, the perfect ‘nice old lady’ character actress from the movies of the 1930’s and 1940’s.

Unfortunately, when they arrive in town Hopalong is robbed of the money to buy her cattle, and he has no idea who the hombres are who robbed him. The mystery of the bad guy deepens as he determines that the obvious bad guy is not the outlaw. It won’t be until the ending scenes that Hoppy and I will discover who the bad guy really is, and that is the one unusual surprise for the story.

To my memory, this March 1941 Hopalong Cassidy adventure is the first one to have two comic characters. Of course, Hopalong’s sidekick California Carlson will several times bring smiles to our faces, but we will also meet the performer who was famous for his ‘double-talk’ – Cliff Nazarro. He is Ma Woods’ housekeeper and camp cook, and his famous double-talk routines will amaze and amuse. 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
Andy Clydeand Philip Van Zandt
Andy Clydeand Philip Van Zandt
Andy Clyde, Russell Hayden and William Boyd
Andy Clyde, Russell Hayden and William Boyd
Cliff Nazarro and Andy Clyde
Cliff Nazarro and Andy Clyde
Dick Dickenson, William Boyd and Hayden Russell
Dick Dickenson, William Boyd and Hayden Russell
Eddy Waller and Morgan Wallace
Eddy Waller and Morgan Wallace
James Seay and Eddy Waller
Frank Lackteen
James Seay
James Seay
Margaret Hayes and Hayden Russell
Margaret Hayes and Hayden Russell
Margaret Hayes
Margaret Hayes
Margaret Hayes
Margaret Hayes
Morgan Wallace and Stanley Andrews
Morgan Wallace and Stanley Andrews
Morgan Wallace and William Boyd
Morgan Wallace and William Boyd
Morgan Wallace
Morgan Wallace
Morris Ankrum
Morris Ankrum
Morris Ankrum
Morris Ankrum
Russell Hayden
Russell Hayden
Sarah Padden and Cliff Nazarro
Sarah Padden and Cliff Nazarro
Sarah Padden
Sarah Padden
Sarah Padden
Sarah Padden
Stanley Andrews and Sarah Padden
Stanley Andrews and Sarah Padden
Stanley Andrews
Stanley Andrews
William Boyd and Andy Clyde
William Boyd and Andy Clyde
Ted Wells and Sarah Padden
Ted Wells and Sarah Padden
Ted Wells
Ted Wells
William Boyd, Andy Clyde and Weldon Heyburn
William Boyd, Andy Clyde and Weldon Heyburn