Hop-Along Cassidy (1935)

59-60 or 62 mins | Western | 23 August 1935

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HISTORY

The film was originally titled Hop-Along Cassidy, according to the Paramount script files at the AMPAS Library, although contemporary advertisements called the film Hop-A-Long Cassidy. The film was re-released as Hopalong Cassidy Enters. Although the viewed print listed William Boyd's character as "Hop-Along Cassidy," the release dialogue script listed him as "Bill Cassidy." According to the pressbook, production ran for twelve to fourteen days, and some scenes were filmed on location in Red Rock Canyon in the High Sierras, and in Lone Pine, CA. Modern sources include John Merton and Wally West in the cast. This is the first Hopalong Cassidy film in the Paramount series. All thirteen of the films, from 1935 through 1940, are based on the "Hopalong Cassidy" character created by Clarence E. Mulford in his novels. William Boyd's co-star, George "Gabby" Hayes, appeared as Hoppy's sidekick "Windy Halliday" in seven of the films, as well as other characters in two other films. Russell Hayden appeared as Hoppy's other sidekick "Lucky Jenkins" in ten films from the series. Paramount titles include Call of the Prairie, Hopalong Cassidy Returns, Hills of Old Wyoming and Hopalong Rides Again. In 1942, Paramount sold the rights to United Artists, which continued to produce the series starring William Boyd. William Boyd later bought the television rights to the films and aired edited versions of them on NBC television from 1949 to 1951. By 1951 the show was so popular that Boyd filmed 52 new episodes, which ran from 1952-54. For additional titles in the series consult the Series Index. ...

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The film was originally titled Hop-Along Cassidy, according to the Paramount script files at the AMPAS Library, although contemporary advertisements called the film Hop-A-Long Cassidy. The film was re-released as Hopalong Cassidy Enters. Although the viewed print listed William Boyd's character as "Hop-Along Cassidy," the release dialogue script listed him as "Bill Cassidy." According to the pressbook, production ran for twelve to fourteen days, and some scenes were filmed on location in Red Rock Canyon in the High Sierras, and in Lone Pine, CA. Modern sources include John Merton and Wally West in the cast. This is the first Hopalong Cassidy film in the Paramount series. All thirteen of the films, from 1935 through 1940, are based on the "Hopalong Cassidy" character created by Clarence E. Mulford in his novels. William Boyd's co-star, George "Gabby" Hayes, appeared as Hoppy's sidekick "Windy Halliday" in seven of the films, as well as other characters in two other films. Russell Hayden appeared as Hoppy's other sidekick "Lucky Jenkins" in ten films from the series. Paramount titles include Call of the Prairie, Hopalong Cassidy Returns, Hills of Old Wyoming and Hopalong Rides Again. In 1942, Paramount sold the rights to United Artists, which continued to produce the series starring William Boyd. William Boyd later bought the television rights to the films and aired edited versions of them on NBC television from 1949 to 1951. By 1951 the show was so popular that Boyd filmed 52 new episodes, which ran from 1952-54. For additional titles in the series consult the Series Index.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
30-Jul-35
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Hollywood Reporter
26 Jul 1935
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
1 Aug 1935
pp. 5-9
Motion Picture Daily
29 Jul 1935
p. 8
Variety
2 Oct 1935
p. 16
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
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PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
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PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Hopalong Cassidy by Clarence E. Mulford (Chicago, 1912).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
SONGS
"Followin' the Stars," words and music by Sam H. Stept and Dave Franklin.
SONGWRITER/COMPOSER
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Hop-A-Long Cassidy
Hopalong Cassidy Enters
Release Date:
23 August 1935
Production Date:
recorded at General Service Studios
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Paramount Productions, Inc.
22 August 1935
LP5731
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Wide Range System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
59-60 or 62
Length(in feet):
5,353
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
1110
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

When Bill Cassidy returns to the Bar-20 ranch from Texas, his friend Buck Peters hires him to be the line foreman. The neighboring ranch owner, Jim Meeker, has been sending his cattle onto Bar-20 land for water against Buck's wishes. Jim's foreman Jack Anthony, working with cattle rustlers, fuels this argument over water rights to obscure their operations by killing Meeker's cowhands and stealing from both herds. Johnny Nelson, a young cowhand at the Bar-20, falls in love with Jim's daughter Mary and resents Bill's arrival at the ranch because Uncle Ben, Buck and Red Connors practically revere him, and because Bill gives Johnny fatherly advice. The feud between the ranches heats up, and Bill suffers a gunshot wound in the leg while trying to rescue Johnny from a lynch mob. Bill insists he can "hop-a-long" alright with his injured leg, and resolves to discover who is rustling the herds and instigating the feud between the ranches. When Ben finds a hide whose brand has been altered from Bar-20, Bill realizes both the Bar-20 brands and Jim's brands could be changed to read as the same brand. With this evidence, he and Jim ally the two ranches to work against the rustlers. Anthony kills Ben after he discovers the rustlers' hideout in Thunder Mesa, but Ben scrawls the location in the dust before he dies. Bill finds Ben and the message, and infuriated by Ben's death, rounds up every available man and captures the hideout and the rustlers. Too cowardly to fight, Anthony tries to escape, but falls over a cliff to his death. Johnny has gained new respect for Bill and ...

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When Bill Cassidy returns to the Bar-20 ranch from Texas, his friend Buck Peters hires him to be the line foreman. The neighboring ranch owner, Jim Meeker, has been sending his cattle onto Bar-20 land for water against Buck's wishes. Jim's foreman Jack Anthony, working with cattle rustlers, fuels this argument over water rights to obscure their operations by killing Meeker's cowhands and stealing from both herds. Johnny Nelson, a young cowhand at the Bar-20, falls in love with Jim's daughter Mary and resents Bill's arrival at the ranch because Uncle Ben, Buck and Red Connors practically revere him, and because Bill gives Johnny fatherly advice. The feud between the ranches heats up, and Bill suffers a gunshot wound in the leg while trying to rescue Johnny from a lynch mob. Bill insists he can "hop-a-long" alright with his injured leg, and resolves to discover who is rustling the herds and instigating the feud between the ranches. When Ben finds a hide whose brand has been altered from Bar-20, Bill realizes both the Bar-20 brands and Jim's brands could be changed to read as the same brand. With this evidence, he and Jim ally the two ranches to work against the rustlers. Anthony kills Ben after he discovers the rustlers' hideout in Thunder Mesa, but Ben scrawls the location in the dust before he dies. Bill finds Ben and the message, and infuriated by Ben's death, rounds up every available man and captures the hideout and the rustlers. Too cowardly to fight, Anthony tries to escape, but falls over a cliff to his death. Johnny has gained new respect for Bill and with peace restored, he leaves Mary behind to join Bill and Red, who plan to buy their own ranch in Wyoming.

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