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Mystery Man (1944)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Western | 31 May 1944 (USA)
Hoppy's ranch is threatened by rustlers. Hoppy and the gang oblige as usual.

Director:

George Archainbaud

Writers:

J. Benton Cheney (screenplay), Clarence E. Mulford (based on characters created by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Boyd ... Hopalong Cassidy
Andy Clyde ... California Carlson
Jimmy Rogers Jimmy Rogers ... Jimmy Rogers
Don Costello ... Bud Trilling
Eleanor Stewart ... Diane Newhall
Francis McDonald ... Bert Rogan
Forrest Taylor ... Sheriff Sam Newhall
Jack Rockwell ... Marshal Ted Blane
John Merton ... Bill
Pierce Lyden ... Red
Bob Burns ... Tom Hanlon
Ozie Waters Ozie Waters ... Singing Ranch Hand Tex
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Storyline

After Hoppy helps round up the Trilling gang, Trilling breaks his men out of jail and they rustle the Bar 20 herd for revenge. When Hoppy gets the herd back, Trilling posing as a Marshal not only gets the herd again, he gets the Sheriff to jail the Bar 20 gang. Getting help from the Sheriff's daughter, Hoppy and pals start out once more after Trilling. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Stagecoach holdups, bank robberies and cattle rustling terrorized the West until Hoppy started a fight to the last shot...and won! (original three-sheet poster) See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bandoleiro Misterioso See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (edited TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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Followed by Silent Conflict (1948) See more »

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No mystery to us
18 March 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This Hopalong Cassidy film Mystery Man has Hoppy dealing with the Bud Trilling gang. The title of the film comes from the fact that while we know that Trilling is actor Don Costello he's not known to anyone other than his gang. No wanted posters with likeness are circulated so consequently he can move around pretty freely.

Bill Boyd, Jimmy Rogers, and Andy Clyde at the beginning of the film happen to be in town when the gang pulls a holdup at the bank and in a very thrilling gun battle they're captured and hauled away to jail. Costello frees them however and the rest of the movie is a running battle between the Bar 20 crew and the Trilling gang. Costello is a resourceful foe, but you know comes out on top.

Costello certainly regretted he and the gang decided to diversify from holdups to cattle rustling.


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