Riders of the Timberline (September 17, 1941)
Released on September 17, 1941: Hopalong Cassidy and Johnny Nelson ride to the mountains to help a man and his daughter save their logging business from someone who is sabotaging their efforts.
Produced by Harry Sherman
Directed by Leslie Selander
Written by J. Benton Cheney, from characters created by Clarence E. Mulford
The Actors: William Boyd (Hopalong Cassidy), Andy Clyde (California Carleson), Brad King (Johnny Nelson), Victor Jory (Baptiste Deschamp), Eleanor Stewart (Elaine Kerrigan), J. Farrell MacDonald (Jim Kerrigan), Anna Q. Nilsson (Donna Ryan), Tom Tyler (henchman Bill Slade), Edward Keane (Preston Yates), Hal Taliaferro (Ed Petrie), Mickey Eissa (Larry, logging camp foreman), The Guardsmen (singing lumbermen), Hank Bell (logger), Tex Cooper (barfly), Herman Hack (logger), Jack Low (barroom brawler), Bill Nestell (bartender), Tex Phelps (henchman), Ted Wells (cowboy watching fight)
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The Fighting 40 Hink-a-Doos
As I write this, a movie studio is filming a new action movie on the downtown Cleveland, Ohio streets. The actors and crew have been filming in Cuba before coming to Cleveland, which is a first in the new world of friendlier relations with our neighbor to the South. I am sure that the movie being filmed will be filled with explosions, speeding cars doing things that cars were never built for, and plenty of non-stop action. My day job is in the suburbs, so I won't get to watch the fun, but I won't be slowed down by detours around the city caused by filming either.
In the old days of movies, the accent was on the characters and not the special effects, and as this Hopalong Cassidy adventure opens we hear birds tweeting on a bright sunny day and we see a small cabin in the quite forests of Oregon. Suddenly the cabin explodes into a million pieces, and the screen is filled with scenes of destruction. In what could be a vision of the future, the first scene features, fights, death and destruction seldom seen in the early cowboy adventures.
But wait, even though Hopalong Cassidy is the hero of the adventure, this is not a cowboy story. This adventure takes place in a lumber camp in the mountains without a cow or cowhand in sight. The man in black shows up in a lighter shirt, and wears a plaid lumberman shirt with a funny not-cowboy hat for all but his first scene.
Logging man Jim Kerrigan and his daughter Elaine must cut a bunch of timber before the deadline or lose their land, and someone is sabotaging the logging camp and even killing the lumberjacks. The beleaguered lumber man wrote to his friend at the Bar 20 ranch for help, and soon Hopalong Cassidy arrives with his sidekick Johnny Nelson. The cowboy and his young partner are ready to battle it out with the big and tough lumber men, but Hopalong Cassidy will need more than a fast gun to battle with these monster brutes. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Anna Q. Nilsson and J. Farrell MacDonald
Anna Q. Nilsson
Brad King and William Boyd
Edward Keane and Hal Taliaferro
Eleanor Stewart and Anna Q. Nilsson
Eleanor Stewart, J. Farrell MacDonald and William Boyd
Hal Taliaferro and Tom Tyler
Tom Tyler and Hal Taliaferro
Victor Jory and Andy Clyde
William Boyd and Brad King
William Boyd and Edward Keane