Hoppy Serves a Writ (March 12, 1943)

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Hoppy Serves a Writ
 

Released on March 12, 1943: Hopalong Cassidy travels to Oklahoma to lure cattle rustlers back into Texas where he can arrest them.

Produced by Harry Sherman

Directed by George Archainbaud

The Actors: William Boyd (Mr. Jones, aka Hopalong Cassidy), Andy Clyde (California Carlson), Jay Kirby (Johnny Travers), Victor Jory (Tom Jordan), George Reeves (Steve Jordan), Jan Christy (Jean Hollister), Hal Taliaferro (Greg Jordan), Forbes Murray (Ben Hollister), Robert Mitchum (Rigney), Byron Foulger (Danvers, merchant), Earle Hodgins (Jim Belman, bar and hotel owner), Roy Barcroft (rancher Tod Colby), Roy Bucko (posse rider), Bob Burns (card player), Ben Corbett (card player), Art Felix (henchman), Herman Hack (henchman), Art Mix (henchman), Cliff Parkinson (guard at shack), Edward Peil Sr. (card player)

 

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Hoppy Will Dress like a Dude, Fight like a Tiger

The American Film Institute included Robert Mitchum in their list of the fifty greatest screen legends at number twenty-three. Robert Mitchum nurtured a disinterested, lazy, don’t give a darn about anything attitude that caused him to be voted the coolest actor by teenagers in 1968. He once said, “There just isn’t any pleasing some people. The trick is to stop trying.”

After escaping from a Georgia prison chain gang at the age of fourteen, Robert Mitchum worked his way to Hollywood. His first bit part in a movie was as a passerby extra in the 1942 movie ‘Saboteur’ and his second movie role was a bit part in a Mickey Rooney comedy. His third role was as outlaw henchman Rigney in this Hopalong Cassidy adventure. You will notice his uninterested eyes and unshaven face first at the bar with the other henchmen.

In a television interview Mitchum mentioned that the Hopalong Cassidy movies were filmed two at a time. All of the interior scenes in saloons, ranch houses, jails, etc. were filmed for two episodes, and then the crew went outdoors for the exterior scenes, filming the scenes for two episodes. Mitchum was in at least five episodes filmed in 1943, but his unique attitude was noticed quickly and he appeared in twenty motion pictures released in 1943, and his career was on its way to legend.

Some of the baby-boomers may remember the 1952-1958 television series “The Adventures of Superman” starring George Reeves, and you will see a much younger George Reeves as another of the bad guys in this adventure. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Forbes Murray and George Reeves
Forbes Murray and George Reeves
George Reeves
George Reeves
George Reeves and Jan Christy
George Reeves and Jan Christy
George Reeves
George Reeves
Jan Christy and George Reeves
Jan Christy and George Reeves
Jay Kirby and Andy Clyde
Jay Kirby and Andy Clyde
Jay Kirby and Jan Christy
Jay Kirby and Jan Christy
Jay Kirby
Jay Kirby
Robert Mitchum and Earle Hodgins
Robert Mitchum and Earle Hodgins
Robert Mitchum and Hal Taliaferro
Robert Mitchum and Hal Taliaferro
Victor Jory
Victor Jory
Victor Jory
Victor Jory
William Boyd and Earle Hodgins
William Boyd and Earle Hodgins
William Boyd and Forbes Murray
William Boyd and Forbes Murray
William Boyd and Jay Kirby
William Boyd and Jay Kirby