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Trail Dust (1936)

Hoppy, Johnny and Windy are fighting a malicious gang trying to stop a cattle drive from reaching a drought-stricken North.

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Johnny Nelson (as Jimmy Ellison)
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Windy (as George Hayes)
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Tex Anderson (as Stephen Morris)
Gwynne Shipman ...
Britt Wood ...
Cowhand Lanky
Dick Dickson ...
Earl Askam ...
Red
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Tom Babson
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Joe Wilson
T.J. Halligan ...
Skinny (as Tom Halligan)
Dan Wolheim ...
Borden (as Tom Wolkeim)
Harold Daniels ...
Lewis
Emmett Daly ...
George (as Emmet Daly)
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When Hoppy agrees to lead a large cattle drive north he runs into lots of trouble. First Anderson and Wilson join the drive to do what damage they can. Then Lewis and his men posing as Tail officials try to cut out part of the herd. When Hoppy sees through this ruse, they rustle some cattle and burn the camp. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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"NEW HOPALONG CASSIDY ADVENTURES FROM MULFORD'S BEST-SELLING NOVEL" (original one-sheet poster - all caps) See more »

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Adventure | Western

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11 December 1936 (USA)  »

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L'agguato  »

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

Waggoner: What're you aiming to do?
Hopalong Cassidy: Shoot the next man that opens his mouth.
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Soundtracks

Wide Open Spaces
Music and Lyrics by Harry Tobias and Jack Stern
Played on guitar and sung by James Ellison and the cowboys
Reprised as backround at the end
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A Real Duster!
14 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

"Trail Dust" from the Hopalong Cassidy series is a real duster in every sense of the word. Most of the story takes place on a dusty and dry cattle drive.

Unscrupulous cattleman Tex Anderson (Stephen Morris) is withholding his cattle from a hungry market in order to drive up prices. The cattle buyers prevail upon some smaller ranchers including Hoppy (William Boyd)to form a drive and bring their cattle to market. Hoppy takes on the job of trail boss and is joined by his two pals Johnny Nelson (Jimmy Ellison) and Windy Halliday (George "Gabby" Hayes). Along the way the pick up the heroine Beth Clark (Gwynne Simpson)who is searching for her father. Unbeknownst to the group is that the evil Tex Williams has hired on in order to sabotage the drive and his cattle to reach the market first.

This is a better than average entry in the series. Produced by Harry "Pop" Sherman and directed by Nate West, this adventure takes place on the trail and leaves the viewer as thirsty as the cattle from all of the dust and long days along the trail. At 77 minutes this picture is longer than most series westerns but benefits from the extra running time. The outdoor photography is breathtaking and gives the viewer the feel of being on the trail too. In fact Boyd's traditional black costume is covered in dust through most of the film, unheard of for most "B" western heroes.

Boyd plays Hoppy the trail boss with an edge unusual for a series western hero. He takes no guff from anyone including his friends. This is what set the early Hoppys above most of the competition of the day. Hayes had still not adopted the "Gabby" nickname at this point. He was still being billed as George Hayes. Ellison was nearing the end of his tenure on the series, wanting to go on to "A" features. Morris became better known as Morris Ankrum later in his career.

As usual at the end, Ellison dumps the heroine and Hayes makes a remarkable recovery from a leg wound to ride after Hoppy and join him for the next adventure.


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