In Old Mexico (1938)

60 or 62 mins | Western | 9 September 1938

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HISTORY

The working titles of the film were Corson of the JC and The Return of the Fox . Opening credits note that the film is "based on characters created by Clarence E. Mulford," but studio script files indicate that the picture was an adaptation of Mulford's novel Corson of the JC . According to copyright records, some scenes were filmed at the Boca del Toro ranch, in Baja, CA, owned by Jose Villa Real. Modern sources include Fred Burns and Cliff Parkinson in the cast. The film had its premiere in El Paso, TX. For more information on the Hopalong Cassidy series, see entry for Hop-A-Long Cassidy above and consult the Series ... More Less

The working titles of the film were Corson of the JC and The Return of the Fox . Opening credits note that the film is "based on characters created by Clarence E. Mulford," but studio script files indicate that the picture was an adaptation of Mulford's novel Corson of the JC . According to copyright records, some scenes were filmed at the Boca del Toro ranch, in Baja, CA, owned by Jose Villa Real. Modern sources include Fred Burns and Cliff Parkinson in the cast. The film had its premiere in El Paso, TX. For more information on the Hopalong Cassidy series, see entry for Hop-A-Long Cassidy above and consult the Series Index. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
30 Jul 38
p. 3.
Film Daily
2 Aug 38
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
16 May 38
pp. 12-13.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Jun 38
p. 10-11.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Jul 38
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
5 Aug 38
p. 5.
Motion Picture Herald
6 Aug 38
p. 46.
Variety
28 Sep 38
p. 21.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Ward
MUSIC
Mus dir
Orig mus
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Corson of the JC by Clarence E. Mulford (New York, 1927).
SONGS
"Muchachita," words and music by Aaron Gonzales.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Return of the Fox
Corson of the JC
Release Date:
9 September 1938
Production Date:
mid May--early June 1938
recorded at General Service Studios
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
9 September 1938
Copyright Number:
LP8272
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60 or 62
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
4462
SYNOPSIS

Hopalong Cassidy arrives at the Gonzalez ranch in Mexico with his sidekicks, Lucky Jenkins and Windy Halliday, after having received a note from Colonel Gonzalez, son of the ranchowner, asking him to meet him there. In the meantime, an escaped murderer known as "The Fox," who actually had sent the note to Hoppy as well as one to the colonel, intercepts the colonel and kills him as part of a revenge plot against the colonel and Hoppy for having imprisoned him. Hoppy realizes The Fox is linked with his friend's death and promises the colonel's father, Don Carlos, that he will capture the killer, but tells him he must lay low because he is suspicious of their houseguest, Janet Leeds, whom he believes is The Fox's sister. Hoppy's apparent indifference to finding the killer infuriates both Lucky and Don Carlos' daughter Anita, who are unaware of his suspicions. Finally, Janet leads Hoppy into the desert where he is taken captive by The Fox. It is not long, however, before Hoppy takes The Fox captive, but his plans to return to the ranch are thwarted when Lucky and Anita are shot at by The Fox's gang. Although they are outnumbered, they are able to hold the gang off while Windy, who is injured in the gunfight, returns to the ranch for help. Don Carlos and his men arrive just in time to save them. To save his own life, Hoppy is forced to shoot The Fox. Back at the ranch, Hoppy and Lucky are happy to learn that Windy will ... +


Hopalong Cassidy arrives at the Gonzalez ranch in Mexico with his sidekicks, Lucky Jenkins and Windy Halliday, after having received a note from Colonel Gonzalez, son of the ranchowner, asking him to meet him there. In the meantime, an escaped murderer known as "The Fox," who actually had sent the note to Hoppy as well as one to the colonel, intercepts the colonel and kills him as part of a revenge plot against the colonel and Hoppy for having imprisoned him. Hoppy realizes The Fox is linked with his friend's death and promises the colonel's father, Don Carlos, that he will capture the killer, but tells him he must lay low because he is suspicious of their houseguest, Janet Leeds, whom he believes is The Fox's sister. Hoppy's apparent indifference to finding the killer infuriates both Lucky and Don Carlos' daughter Anita, who are unaware of his suspicions. Finally, Janet leads Hoppy into the desert where he is taken captive by The Fox. It is not long, however, before Hoppy takes The Fox captive, but his plans to return to the ranch are thwarted when Lucky and Anita are shot at by The Fox's gang. Although they are outnumbered, they are able to hold the gang off while Windy, who is injured in the gunfight, returns to the ranch for help. Don Carlos and his men arrive just in time to save them. To save his own life, Hoppy is forced to shoot The Fox. Back at the ranch, Hoppy and Lucky are happy to learn that Windy will recover. +

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