Outlaws of the Desert (1941)

66 mins | Western | November 1941

Director:

Howard Bretherton

Producer:

Harry Sherman

Cinematographer:

Russell Harlan

Editor:

Carrol Lewis

Production Designer:

Ralph Berger

Production Company:

Paramount Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was The Sheik of Buffalo Butte . According to the HR review, this film was "in line with [producer] Harry Sherman's new policy of removing Hopalong Cassidy's adventures from their traditional western background." According to a HR news item, production truck driver George Woosley was given a part in the film, but his appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Some scenes were shot in Lone Pine, CA. 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

The working title of this film was The Sheik of Buffalo Butte . According to the HR review, this film was "in line with [producer] Harry Sherman's new policy of removing Hopalong Cassidy's adventures from their traditional western background." According to a HR news item, production truck driver George Woosley was given a part in the film, but his appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Some scenes were shot in Lone Pine, CA. 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

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
27 Sep 1941.
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Daily Variety
23 Sep 1941.
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Film Daily
25 Sep 41
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
28 May 41
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Jul 41
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Sep 41
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
27 Sep 41
p. 287.
Variety
24 Sep 41
p. 8.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Sheik of Buffalo Butte
Release Date:
November 1941
Production Date:
late May--early June 1941
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
3 December 1941
Copyright Number:
LP10862
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Wide Range System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
66
Length(in feet):
5,916
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
7347
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Hopalong Cassidy, Johnny Nelson and California, ranch hands at the Bar-20, agree to help out neighboring rancher Charles Grant by accompanying him and his wife and daughter, Jane and Susan, to Arabia to buy stallions for the cavalry. During a perilous trek across the Arabian desert, led by their Arabian guide Yussuf, Hoppy, Johnny and California come to the aid of a camel train that is being raided, which has the same destination as they do, the Sheik Suleiman's encampment. After Hoppy presents his commission and gifts from the Grants to the sheik, Suleiman, who refuses to sell any Arabian horses, presents two horses to Hoppy as a thank you for saving his camel train. When Hoppy returns to town, he discovers that naïve Susan has befriended a couple named Marie and Nicki Karitza, who claim to be brother and sister, and that while Nicki was out scouting horses with Charles, they were accosted and Charles was kidnapped. Hoppy insists on trying to find Jim before paying the $50,000 ransom. He returns to Sheik Suleiman's camp, where Suleiman informs him that his rival, Faran El Kader, is most likely responsible for the kidnapping. While Hoppy and friends head toward El Kader's camp, the Karitzas kidnap Susan, who has cabled the United States for the ransom money because she distrusts Hoppy. With the help of Yussuf, Hoppy frees Charles and Susan and remands El Kader, Nicki and Marie, who are actually a husband and wife team of con artists, to Suleiman's custody. El Kader's tribe launches an attack against Suleiman's camp, but Hoppy uses an old Apache trick to ambush El Kader's tribe. ... +


Hopalong Cassidy, Johnny Nelson and California, ranch hands at the Bar-20, agree to help out neighboring rancher Charles Grant by accompanying him and his wife and daughter, Jane and Susan, to Arabia to buy stallions for the cavalry. During a perilous trek across the Arabian desert, led by their Arabian guide Yussuf, Hoppy, Johnny and California come to the aid of a camel train that is being raided, which has the same destination as they do, the Sheik Suleiman's encampment. After Hoppy presents his commission and gifts from the Grants to the sheik, Suleiman, who refuses to sell any Arabian horses, presents two horses to Hoppy as a thank you for saving his camel train. When Hoppy returns to town, he discovers that naïve Susan has befriended a couple named Marie and Nicki Karitza, who claim to be brother and sister, and that while Nicki was out scouting horses with Charles, they were accosted and Charles was kidnapped. Hoppy insists on trying to find Jim before paying the $50,000 ransom. He returns to Sheik Suleiman's camp, where Suleiman informs him that his rival, Faran El Kader, is most likely responsible for the kidnapping. While Hoppy and friends head toward El Kader's camp, the Karitzas kidnap Susan, who has cabled the United States for the ransom money because she distrusts Hoppy. With the help of Yussuf, Hoppy frees Charles and Susan and remands El Kader, Nicki and Marie, who are actually a husband and wife team of con artists, to Suleiman's custody. El Kader's tribe launches an attack against Suleiman's camp, but Hoppy uses an old Apache trick to ambush El Kader's tribe. After Suleiman conquers El Kader in a sword fight, peace returns to the desert, and the cowboys and the Grants return home. +

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