Border Patrol (April 2, 1943)
Released on April 2, 1943: Hopalong Cassidy and two more Texas Rangers are sentenced to hang by the Judge in a remote Texas silver mining town run by outlaws.
Produced by Harry Sherman
Directed by Lesley Selander
Written by Michael Wilson based on characters created by Clarence E. Mulford
The Actors: William Boyd (Hopalong Cassidy), Andy Clyde (California Carlson), Robert Mitchum (henchman Quinn), George Reeves (Don Enrique Perez), Jay Kirby (Johnny Travers), Russell Simpson (Mayor Orestes Krebs), Claudia Drake (Inez LaBarca), Duncan Renaldo (Mexican Border Patrol Commander), Pierce Lyden (henchman Loren, the jailer), Cliff Parkinson (henchman Barton), Victor Adamson (miner), Roy Bucko (henchman wagon driver), John L. Cason (miner), Bert Dillard (henchman), Joe Dominguez (Mexican), Herman Hack (henchman/miner), Earl Hodgins (cook), Bob Kortman (mine guard), Johnny Luther (henchman), Merrill McCormick (miner), Leo J. McMahon (cowhand), Charles Murphy (cowhand), Bill Nestell (mine guard), Hugh Prosser (mine boss), Dan White (henchman), Henry Wills (henchman)
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Before He Was Superman
Sure, William Boyd is Hopalong Cassidy and hero of this story, and future movie star Robert Mitchum is one of the henchmen, but my excitement grew as I realized that Superman was going to be in this cowboy adventure story . . . No, I don't mean Christopher Reeves or any of the later actors that played the caped crusader, I mean the first television Superman that kept me enthralled as a youngster . . . the one and only George Reeves!
Look closely at the promo photo under the movie . . . the man between Claudia Drake and William Boyd is none other than Superman George Reeves. The tough part of watching this thrilling adventure is that he doesn't appear until the movie is well on towards the end . . . But the wait is well worth it because you will get to see George Reeves playing the part of a Mexican with a thick accent . . . what fun!
Our adventure begins with Texas Ranger Hopalong Cassidy and two more rangers visiting a man and lady in Mexico who are complaining that Texans are luring Mexican men across the border in order to force them to work for nothing, and the men disappear without a trace. Hopalong and the other two rangers head for the Silver Bullet town and mine where they are immediately arrested by the Mayor, who is also the judge, and also the owner of the silver mine with the Mexican slave labor.
Hopalong and the other two rangers are soon convicted in a kangaroo court and put in jail to await their hanging. Since the remote town is ruled by gangsters who make their own laws, it doesn't look good for Hopalong Cassidy and the other Texas Rangers . . . their hanging will be right after dinner, and it looks like three Texas Rangers are headed for the great beyond without a chance for escape. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the Super show.
Andy Clyde, William Boyd and Jay Kirby
Andy Clyde and William Boyd
Claudia Drake and Russell Simpson
Claudia Drake and George Reeves
Earle Hodgins and Claudia Drake
Jay Kirby, Andy Clyde and William Boyd
Russell Simpson and Claudia Drake
Russell Simpson and Claudia Drake
William Boyd and Duncan Renaldo
William Boyd and Russell Simpson
William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy