Doomed Caravan (1941)

60 mins | Western | 10 January 1941

Director:

Lesley Selander

Producer:

Harry Sherman

Cinematographer:

Russell Harlan

Editor:

Carrol Lewis

Production Designer:

Lewis J. Rachmil

Production Company:

Harry Sherman Productions
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HISTORY

Although a HR news item indicates that writer Johnston McCulley sold his novel, The Guardian Devil , to Paramount for this film, Paramount Produced Properties listings indicates that the story was an original, and no publication information for the title listed above has been found. According to a Sep 1940 HR news item, production was interrupted for four months to allow time for actor William Boyd to heal from a leg injury. A modern source adds Ed Cassidy, Henry Wills, Chick Hannon and Martin Garralaga to the cast. This film was shot on location in Kernville, CA, and surrounding areas. For additional information on the series, consult the Series Index and see the entry for Hop-Along Cassidy in the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; ... More Less

Although a HR news item indicates that writer Johnston McCulley sold his novel, The Guardian Devil , to Paramount for this film, Paramount Produced Properties listings indicates that the story was an original, and no publication information for the title listed above has been found. According to a Sep 1940 HR news item, production was interrupted for four months to allow time for actor William Boyd to heal from a leg injury. A modern source adds Ed Cassidy, Henry Wills, Chick Hannon and Martin Garralaga to the cast. This film was shot on location in Kernville, CA, and surrounding areas. For additional information on the series, consult the Series Index and see the entry for Hop-Along Cassidy in the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.1990. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
18 Jan 1941.
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Daily Variety
3 Jan 1941.
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Film Daily
17 Jan 41
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Mar 1940.
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Hollywood Reporter
18 Sep 1940.
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Hollywood Reporter
12 Aug 40
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Oct 40
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Jan 41
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
11 Jan 1941.
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Variety
8 Jan 41
p. 24.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITORS
Supv ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Ward
MUSIC
Mus dir
Mus dir
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by Clarence E. Mulford.
DETAILS
Release Date:
10 January 1941
Production Date:
began Apr 1940; Sep--mid Oct 1940
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
10 January 1941
Copyright Number:
LP10167
Duration(in mins):
60
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

In old California, as a favor to a mine owner friend, ranch hand Hopalong Cassidy, his sidekick, Lucky Jenkins, and other ranch hands escort a load of gold bullion safely to Crescent City. When they deliver the gold to Jane Travers, owner of the Crescent City Freight Company, she informs "Hoppy" that unidentified outlaws have burned several of her storehouses and have robbed her wagon train shipments. Although she has called for U.S. troopers to guard her next shipment, Hoppy agrees to ride along as extra insurance. Hoppy becomes suspicious of the troopers when they arrive because of their motley uniforms and behavior, and tells Jane that he and his men will not ride along with her after all. Instead, they locate the area where the outlaws have intercepted and killed the real troopers, and Hoppy then gallops to meet the wagon train, knowing that it must be in trouble. Hoppy and his men trick the outlaws, led by Jim Ferber, into believing that they are the real troopers, and the outlaws flee. Hoppy and his men then accompany a grateful Jane to Eldorado. There, Jane's companion, Diana Westcott, joyfully greets her uncle, Stephen Westcott. Westcott behaves strangely, however, and Hoppy suspects him of involvement with the outlaws. He and Lucky consult with governor Don Pedro, who informs them that he has called for state troopers to help quiet the uprising between local Mexican and American residents. A local monk indicates that the dissent is being fomented by a local rancher, Ed Martin. Lucky, who is enamored of Diana, leaks the news of the troopers to Westcott, who works with Martin ... +


In old California, as a favor to a mine owner friend, ranch hand Hopalong Cassidy, his sidekick, Lucky Jenkins, and other ranch hands escort a load of gold bullion safely to Crescent City. When they deliver the gold to Jane Travers, owner of the Crescent City Freight Company, she informs "Hoppy" that unidentified outlaws have burned several of her storehouses and have robbed her wagon train shipments. Although she has called for U.S. troopers to guard her next shipment, Hoppy agrees to ride along as extra insurance. Hoppy becomes suspicious of the troopers when they arrive because of their motley uniforms and behavior, and tells Jane that he and his men will not ride along with her after all. Instead, they locate the area where the outlaws have intercepted and killed the real troopers, and Hoppy then gallops to meet the wagon train, knowing that it must be in trouble. Hoppy and his men trick the outlaws, led by Jim Ferber, into believing that they are the real troopers, and the outlaws flee. Hoppy and his men then accompany a grateful Jane to Eldorado. There, Jane's companion, Diana Westcott, joyfully greets her uncle, Stephen Westcott. Westcott behaves strangely, however, and Hoppy suspects him of involvement with the outlaws. He and Lucky consult with governor Don Pedro, who informs them that he has called for state troopers to help quiet the uprising between local Mexican and American residents. A local monk indicates that the dissent is being fomented by a local rancher, Ed Martin. Lucky, who is enamored of Diana, leaks the news of the troopers to Westcott, who works with Martin and concocts a plan to take over the town. Westcott urges Don Pedro to throw a fiesta; however, Martin takes everyone hostage at the party and declares his sovereignty. Hoppy escapes with Diana and takes refuge in the home of a friend of Jane's grizzled foreman, California Jack. Disguised as the monk, Hoppy gains entry to visit the hostages and sneaks in guns under his robes. The tables turn on Martin when Hoppy and friends thwart their own execution and Martin is killed. Jane joins Hoppy and their men when they battle the rest of the outlaws being led by Westcott. Hoppy finally captures Westcott, and he and the rest of the outlaws are brought to justice. With peace restored to Eldorado, the wagon train heads home. +

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