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Hopalong Cassidy Returns (1936)

A crusading newspaper editor recruits his old friend Hoppy to take the job of marshal in a town rife with vice and murder directed at helpless miners.

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Windy Halliday (as George Hayes)
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Lilli Marsh
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Buddy Cassidy
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Peg Leg Holden
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Editor Bob Saunders
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When a miner is murdered before he can file his claim, Editor Saunders sends for Hoppy. Now the new Marshal, Hoppy learns Lilli Marsh owns the murdered miner's claim and her henchman Blackie was the killer. After Hoppy and the ranchers take care of Blackie's gang, Hoppy goes alone to face Blackie and Lilli. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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She was more ruthless than any man...and more dangerous! See more »


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16 October 1936 (USA)  »

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This is one of 54 Hopalong Cassidy features produced by Harry Sherman, initially distributed by Paramount Pictures from 1935-1941, and then by United Artists 1942-1944, which were purchased by their star William Boyd for nationally syndicated television presentation beginning in 1948 and continuing thereafter for many years, as a result of their phenomenal success. Each feature was re-edited to 54 minutes so as to comfortably fit into a 60 minute time slot, with six minutes for commercials. It was not until 50 years later that, with the cooperation of Mrs. Boyd. i.e. Grace Bradley, that they were finally restored to their original length with their original opening and closing credits intact. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film when Peg Leg arrives in town, in a couple of the shots Irving Bacon's right foot is clearly visible behind him, indicating that the bottom half of his right leg has been strapped behind him. See more »

Quotes

Lilli Marsh: [to Cassidy with determination] I'm not interested in your choice or your orders. Lilli Marsh never runs way from anything or anybody...
[her voice turning softer]
Lilli Marsh: Besides, if I were to leave, who'd look after you?
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Followed by Pride of the West (1938) See more »

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Camptown Races
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Foster (as Stephen Collins Foster)
Played in the Crystal Slipper saloon
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Very Similar To Destry Rides Again
14 February 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Hopalong Cassidy Returns has two unusual attributes for the series. For the one and only time in the series Hoppy had a younger brother as a sidekick played by William Janney. And for the one and only time Hoppy had a love interest. In this case, in spite of himself.

After prospector Irving Bacon and city editor of the town newspaper John Beck are killed, Gabby Hayes who's visiting the town of Mesa Grande sends for his old pal Hopalong Cassidy. Lawlessness has gotten completely out of hand in this city and its up to the cowboy hero to set things right.

On the way into town Hoppy saves the life of Evelyn Brent who's been thrown from her horse. The next time he meets her he finds she's the owner of the town saloon and the boss of a gang of outlaws who's been robbing and killing the prospectors in the vicinity. She's got a couple of nasty henchmen in Grant Richards and Morris Ankrum.

Hoppy's got three problems to deal with, his kid brother Janney is wanting to sow some wild oats, but there's a good girl in town played by Gail Sheridan who might be the answer there. There's the problem of lawlessness and the romantic problem with Evelyn Brent.

More her problem than is because she's in a quandary. Her brains say one thing, but her hormones say something else about William Boyd.

There's more than a passing resemblance to the plot of Destry Rides Again in Hopalong Cassidy Returns. The screen credits for this film say it is based on one of Hoppy creator Clarence Mulford's stories. The original novel that Destry Rides Again was written by Max Brand, so it's anybody's guess who might have copied from who, consciously or unconsciously.

If you've seen the James Stewart-Marlene Dietrich classic you know how Hopalong Cassidy Returns will end. Still it's an unusual entry in the series and not a bad one.


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