Sinister Journey (1948)

59 mins | Western | 11 June 1948

Director:

George Archainbaud

Writer:

Doris Schroeder

Producer:

Lewis J. Rachmil

Cinematographer:

Mack Stengler

Editor:

Fred W. Berger

Production Designer:

Jerome Pycha Jr.
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HISTORY

This film's working title was The Railroad Story . The Var and MPD reviews list J. Benton Cheney, Bennett Cohen and Ande Lamb, not Doris Schroeder, as screenplay writers, but no other source mentions them. For additional information on the series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry for Hop-Along Cassidy in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; ... More Less

This film's working title was The Railroad Story . The Var and MPD reviews list J. Benton Cheney, Bennett Cohen and Ande Lamb, not Doris Schroeder, as screenplay writers, but no other source mentions them. For additional information on the series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry for Hop-Along Cassidy in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.1990. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
9 Jul 47
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
8 Oct 1948.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
25 Sep 48
p. 4325.
The Exhibitor
15 Sep 1948.
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Variety
22 Sep 48
p. 8.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Railroad Story
Release Date:
11 June 1948
Production Date:
9 July--mid July 1947
Copyright Claimant:
Hopalong Cassidy Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
11 June 1948
Copyright Number:
LP1687
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Wide Range System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
59
Length(in feet):
5,310
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
12851
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Hopalong Cassidy and his pals, California Carlson and Lucky Jenkins, have been asked to go to the town of Wheeler by an old friend of Hoppy's, Tom Smith, vice-president of the local railroad company. On their way into town, they encounter Lee Garvin and his wife Jessie, who is suffering from locoweed poisoning, which Hoppy is able to cure. After Lee invites them all to stay for supper, Hoppy learns that Lee, a brakeman on the railroad, believes that their well was deliberately poisoned on orders from his father-in-law, Tom Smith, who does not approve of his daughter's marriage to him. In Wheeler, Hoppy meets Smith and his secretary, Harmon Roberts, and Smith tells Hoppy that he and the railroad have been experiencing a series of accidents and he suspects that Lee, knowing that Elaine will inherit her father's considerable wealth, is responsible. However, Tom does not want to fire Lee as that would only further alienate his daughter. Hoppy, California and Lucky are given jobs with the railroad while they try to determine who is behind the accidents. When Lee suspects that the trio has been hired to keep an eye on him, he gets into a fistfight with Lucky. Later, after another near-miss accident, Tom tells Hoppy that he had hoped that Jessie and Roberts would become romantically involved. One day, Lee rousts a hobo, Ben Watts, who turns out to have served time in prison with him. Later, after Hoppy sees Lee giving Watts money to leave town, Lee and Jessie have an argument and she goes back to live with her father. Roberts, who along with railroad yard boss Banks is behind the accidents, shoots ... +


Hopalong Cassidy and his pals, California Carlson and Lucky Jenkins, have been asked to go to the town of Wheeler by an old friend of Hoppy's, Tom Smith, vice-president of the local railroad company. On their way into town, they encounter Lee Garvin and his wife Jessie, who is suffering from locoweed poisoning, which Hoppy is able to cure. After Lee invites them all to stay for supper, Hoppy learns that Lee, a brakeman on the railroad, believes that their well was deliberately poisoned on orders from his father-in-law, Tom Smith, who does not approve of his daughter's marriage to him. In Wheeler, Hoppy meets Smith and his secretary, Harmon Roberts, and Smith tells Hoppy that he and the railroad have been experiencing a series of accidents and he suspects that Lee, knowing that Elaine will inherit her father's considerable wealth, is responsible. However, Tom does not want to fire Lee as that would only further alienate his daughter. Hoppy, California and Lucky are given jobs with the railroad while they try to determine who is behind the accidents. When Lee suspects that the trio has been hired to keep an eye on him, he gets into a fistfight with Lucky. Later, after another near-miss accident, Tom tells Hoppy that he had hoped that Jessie and Roberts would become romantically involved. One day, Lee rousts a hobo, Ben Watts, who turns out to have served time in prison with him. Later, after Hoppy sees Lee giving Watts money to leave town, Lee and Jessie have an argument and she goes back to live with her father. Roberts, who along with railroad yard boss Banks is behind the accidents, shoots at Tom, grazing him, then drops Watts's scarf at the scene to implicate him and Lee. Hoppy goes to see Lee, who is packing to leave, and tells him that he is about to be arrested for hiring Watts to shoot Tom. After Lee admits to Hoppy that he is an ex-convict, Hoppy tells the marshal when he arrives that Lee has left. The next day, Hoppy tells Jessie, who now wants to go back East, that Lee had nothing to do with the shooting. Hoppy finds Watts but before he can tell him much, Roberts kills him, claiming that he was about to draw a gun on Hoppy. Hoppy is convinced that Roberts is behind all the trouble and persuades Lee to go to see his father-in-law and tell him his entire story. Lee agrees but is slugged by Roberts, who then shoots and kills Tom, framing Lee. Roberts tells Hoppy that Lee pulled the trigger just as he knocked him out. However, Lee has disappeared and soon "wanted" posters appear offering a $500 reward for his capture. Hoppy and his pals feel compelled to find Lee before the lawmen do, as he is likely to be shot on sight. Jessie tells Hoppy that her father left her nothing and that Roberts has shown her papers transferring her father's railroad interests to him. Although Hoppy knows about oil land that Tom had in Oklahoma, Jessie is unaware and leaves to join Roberts on a train headed East. After Hoppy locates Lee, they and their pals manage to stop the train by switching it onto a siding. Hoppy bluffs the marshal into believing that Banks has turned state's evidence against Roberts, who then gives himself away and is arrested. Lee and Jessie get back together again, and Hoppy, California and Lucky head back to the Bar-20. +

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