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Riders of the Deadline (1943)

When Hoppy's falsely accused young friend is killed while supposedly trying to escape from jail, an embittered Hoppy is blamed and drummed out of the Texas Rangers.

Director:

Lesley Selander

Writers:

Bennett Cohen (screenplay), Clarence E. Mulford (based on characters created by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Boyd ... Hopalong Cassidy
Andy Clyde ... California Carson
Jimmy Rogers Jimmy Rogers ... Jimmy Rogers
Frances Woodward ... Sue Mason
William Halligan William Halligan ... Simon Crandall
Robert Mitchum ... Nick Drago (as Bob Mitchum)
Richard Crane ... Tim Mason
Anthony Warde ... 'Gunner' Madigan
Hugh Prosser Hugh Prosser ... Deputy Sheriff Martin
Herbert Rawlinson ... Ranger Captain Jennings
Jack Rockwell ... Tex
Earle Hodgins ... Sourdough
Montie Montana ... Ranger Kelton (Private Calhoun in credits)
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Storyline

With writer Bennett Cohen recycling the same script he had used at Republic in 1941 for Don Barry's "Desert Bandit", this 50th entry in the "Hopalong Cassidy" series finds Ranger Hopalong Cassidy falling into disrepute and leaving the service, because of the death of his pal and young protégé Tim Mason, who had lost his good standing through the suspicion that he was implicated with a band of smugglers, who had been using his ranch as a hideout. With the aid of his pals, California Carlson and Jimmy Rogers, Cassidy tracks down the outlaw gang, invades their hideout, and captures or kills the leaders, and regains both his and Tim's good names, while revealing his discharge from the Rangers was a plot hatched by him and Ranger Captain Jennings. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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"HOPPY'S" TRIGGER FINGER GETS BUSY...double crossing double crossers! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Seita dos Mascarados 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 »

Quotes

California Carson: Where yuh goin', Hoppy?
Hopalong Cassidy: Whatta you care?
[angrily]
Hopalong Cassidy: The Ranger Service! Forty dollars a month and free taps when you die! It's all yours! You can have it!... And this Captain Jennings we're supposed to respect! I'd have gotten a better deal from any sidewinding half-breed in the country!
Ranger Captain Jennings: [suddenly appearing] Kind of sneaky, isn't it, talking about a man when his back is turned!
Hopalong Cassidy: Well, your back isn't turned now!
[he slaps Jennings across the face]
Ranger Captain Jennings: We'll just make that suspension permanent.
[...]
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mediocre
12 November 2014 | by chipeSee all my reviews

I hate to be so negative, but aside from William Boyd's always-pleasing performance as Hoppy and the mostly decent production values and scenery, this film isn't up to par with the better Hoppy outings.

One thing that amused me (partially because it was so unusual) is when Andy Clyde as Califonia Carlson went about trying to actually hang himself because he was so depressed that Hoppy (apparently) turned bad. Jimmy Rogers added to the fun in discussing the hanging-to-be with Carlson. (Jimmy Rogers make for a weak sidekick, at least as compared to the others in the series. The other co-stars were on the weak side too.) Another silly but amusing thing involving Carlson was when Hoppy wedged him into the "V" of a tree trunk in order to disable him for the moment.

One of the things that stand out for me is how so little thought seemed to be given to staging the action in any believable way. With all the experienced production crew and the success of the Hoppy franchise, they could have done a better direction job. Two examples I can think of off-hand: (1) Hoppy, going undercover, is accused of being bad. Only the Ranger boss knows this, and the two arrange for Hoppy to "escape" custody. Hoppy does this in such an unbelievable way -- amidst the other Rangers, Hoppy jumps on his horse and simply rides off SAFELY in a hail of bullets; and (2) worst scene ever is when Hoppy is under suspicion and riding with the gang of bad guys and is watched closely by bad-guy Robert Mitchum. Suddenly,Hoppy (on horseback) kicks the gun out of Mitchum's hand and successfully gallops away again in a hail of bullets. Jeesh!


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