The Dead Don't Dream (1948)

62 mins | Western, Mystery | 30 April 1948

Director:

George Archainbaud

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 Coward's Castle. The Var review gives erroneous screenplay credits for this film. Actress Mary Tucker, who portrays Mary Benton in the film, is variously listed by contemporary sources as Mary Sawdon or Mary Ware; she did most of her film work under the latter name. Some location shooting took place in Lone Pine, CA. For additional information on the "Hopalong Cassidy" series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry for Hop-Along Cassidy in the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3. 1990. ...

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This film's working title was Coward's Castle. The Var review gives erroneous screenplay credits for this film. Actress Mary Tucker, who portrays Mary Benton in the film, is variously listed by contemporary sources as Mary Sawdon or Mary Ware; she did most of her film work under the latter name. Some location shooting took place in Lone Pine, CA. For additional information on the "Hopalong Cassidy" series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry for Hop-Along Cassidy in the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3. 1990.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
13 Jun 1947
p. 15
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
15 May 1948
p. 4165
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
21 Aug 1948
p. 4282
Variety
18 Aug 1948
p. 11
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITER
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Ward
MUSIC
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by Clarence E. Mulford.
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Coward's Castle
Release Date:
30 April 1948
Production Date:
mid Jun 1947.
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Hopalong Cassidy Productions, Inc.
30 April 1948
LP1616
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Wide Range System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
62
Length(in feet):
5,586
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
12555
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Hopalong Cassidy's young pal, "Lucky" Jenkins, and Mary Benton are about to marry and plan to live with her prospector uncle, Jim Benton. However, when "Hoppy," Lucky and their friend, "California" Carlson, arrive at the Last Chance Inn for the wedding ceremony, the inn's owner, Jeff Potter, tells them Mary has called off the wedding as her uncle is missing. Although Jim had spent the previous night at the inn, Potter refuses to let Hoppy inspect the room. Hoppy meets Earl Wesson, who is working a gold claim next to Benton's, and accompanies him to Benton's mine where they find his body. While Wesson goes to fetch his partner, Bart Lansing, someone shoots at Hoppy. Later, at the inn, Hoppy overhears Potter arguing with his brother Larry, and sees him give Larry money to leave, prompting Hoppy to suspect that Benton may have been killed at the inn. That night, Hoppy's old prospector friend, Jesse Williams, checks into the inn and is given Benton's room. Jesse, who is carrying some gold with him, tells Hoppy that the last time he was there, another prospector disappeared under mysterious circumstances. The next morning, Hoppy discovers that Jesse has vanished, and although Larry tells him that Jesse left earlier, Hoppy and his friends find some of Jesse's possessions being burned by the inn's handyman, Duke. When Sheriff Tompson arrives to investigate Benton's killing, Lucky finally has to tell Mary about her uncle's fate. Hoppy and the sheriff, meanwhile, return to the mine but find that Benton's body has been removed. The sheriff decides to spend the night in the same room occupied by Benton and Jesse, hoping to trap the man he ...

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Hopalong Cassidy's young pal, "Lucky" Jenkins, and Mary Benton are about to marry and plan to live with her prospector uncle, Jim Benton. However, when "Hoppy," Lucky and their friend, "California" Carlson, arrive at the Last Chance Inn for the wedding ceremony, the inn's owner, Jeff Potter, tells them Mary has called off the wedding as her uncle is missing. Although Jim had spent the previous night at the inn, Potter refuses to let Hoppy inspect the room. Hoppy meets Earl Wesson, who is working a gold claim next to Benton's, and accompanies him to Benton's mine where they find his body. While Wesson goes to fetch his partner, Bart Lansing, someone shoots at Hoppy. Later, at the inn, Hoppy overhears Potter arguing with his brother Larry, and sees him give Larry money to leave, prompting Hoppy to suspect that Benton may have been killed at the inn. That night, Hoppy's old prospector friend, Jesse Williams, checks into the inn and is given Benton's room. Jesse, who is carrying some gold with him, tells Hoppy that the last time he was there, another prospector disappeared under mysterious circumstances. The next morning, Hoppy discovers that Jesse has vanished, and although Larry tells him that Jesse left earlier, Hoppy and his friends find some of Jesse's possessions being burned by the inn's handyman, Duke. When Sheriff Tompson arrives to investigate Benton's killing, Lucky finally has to tell Mary about her uncle's fate. Hoppy and the sheriff, meanwhile, return to the mine but find that Benton's body has been removed. The sheriff decides to spend the night in the same room occupied by Benton and Jesse, hoping to trap the man he suspects of being the killer--Larry, who is wanted on a murder charge in Texas. Later, when Hoppy goes to check on the sheriff, he finds only Larry in the room. Larry escapes and Hoppy and Lucky chase after him, but he is killed by an unseen gunman. Hoppy then decides to spend the night in the fatal bedroom, and in the middle of the night, the bed's canopy descends, ready to smother another victim. Hoppy is not in the bed, however, and when Lansing enters, he is surprised by Hoppy. Lansing confesses to the killings but Wesson takes Hoppy prisoner. However, Lucky and Duke rescue Hoppy and capture Lansing and Wesson. Later, after Mary tells Lucky she is going back East, Potter invites Hoppy and his friends to stay at the Last Chance Inn anytime they are nearby. Hoppy thanks him but suggests that he change the inn's name if he wants to stay in business.

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