Heart of Arizona (1938)

67-68 mins | Western | 22 April 1938

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HISTORY

A working title for this film was Gunsmoke . The title card for this film reads: "Clarence E. Mulford's Heart of Arizona ." William Boyd placed a close second place in the 1937 MPH poll of Western actors. George Hayes' character of Windy Halliday was introduced into the Hopalong Cassidy series in the third picture and was included through the sixth film, but was left out of the seventh and eighth and reappeared in this, the ninth, film. For more information on the Hopalong Cassidy series, see entry for Hop-Along Cassidy below and consult the Series ... More Less

A working title for this film was Gunsmoke . The title card for this film reads: "Clarence E. Mulford's Heart of Arizona ." William Boyd placed a close second place in the 1937 MPH poll of Western actors. George Hayes' character of Windy Halliday was introduced into the Hopalong Cassidy series in the third picture and was included through the sixth film, but was left out of the seventh and eighth and reappeared in this, the ninth, film. For more information on the Hopalong Cassidy series, see entry for Hop-Along Cassidy below and consult the Series Index. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
8 Apr 38
p. 3.
Film Daily
13 Apr 38
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Oct 37
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Nov 37
pp. 10-11.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Apr 38
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
15 Apr 38
p. 9.
Motion Picture Herald
22 Jan 38
p. 56.
Motion Picture Herald
16 Apr 38
p. 36.
New York Times
16 Apr 38
p. 17.
Variety
20 Apr 38
p. 15.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITER
Scr and dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Ward
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Heart of Arizona by Clarence E. Mulford (publication undetermined).
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Clarence E. Mulford's Heart of Arizona
Gunsmoke
Release Date:
22 April 1938
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 15 April 1938
Production Date:
mid October--early November 1937
sound recorded at General Service Studios
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
22 April 1938
Copyright Number:
LP7990
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
67-68
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
4067
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Belle Starr, imprisoned for defending her crooked husband Jack against a rustling charge, is released after five years. Sheriff Hawley, convinced she was Jack's accomplice, tries to run her out of town, but Hopalong Cassidy gives her his white horse to escape to Gunsmoke Canyon, where she is reunited with her father and daughter Jackie. Meanwhile, Buck Peters, owner of the Bar 20 ranch, asks Hoppy to lead a new herd of pure-breds to high pasture, but Hoppy suggests his partner Lucky, who is lovesick for Jackie, take the job to prove himself. Lucky and ranchhand Twister successfully secure the herd until Jackie, out riding, is thrown from her horse because of a rattlesnake and Lucky has to take her home. While Lucky is away, a storm occurs and the cattle are stolen. The next day, Hawley finds Jackie's horse, and Twister reports that Lucky has run out on him and the cattle have been stolen. Hawley arrests Lucky on suspicion of being Belle's rustling accomplice, but he escapes, and Buck decides not to press charges. Unaware he is a free man, Lucky hides at the Starr ranch, and he and Jackie fall in love. Belle, who is in love with Hoppy but is sure he will never settle down, does all she can to insure Jackie's happiness with Lucky. Eventually, Belle realizes her foreman, Ringo, has been filling her range with unmarked cattle while she was in jail. Hoppy and his desert rat companion, Windy, then find a dead rattlesnake, a strand of woman's hair the color of Belle's, and Twister's corpse. The dirt on Twister's clothes leads Hoppy ... +


Belle Starr, imprisoned for defending her crooked husband Jack against a rustling charge, is released after five years. Sheriff Hawley, convinced she was Jack's accomplice, tries to run her out of town, but Hopalong Cassidy gives her his white horse to escape to Gunsmoke Canyon, where she is reunited with her father and daughter Jackie. Meanwhile, Buck Peters, owner of the Bar 20 ranch, asks Hoppy to lead a new herd of pure-breds to high pasture, but Hoppy suggests his partner Lucky, who is lovesick for Jackie, take the job to prove himself. Lucky and ranchhand Twister successfully secure the herd until Jackie, out riding, is thrown from her horse because of a rattlesnake and Lucky has to take her home. While Lucky is away, a storm occurs and the cattle are stolen. The next day, Hawley finds Jackie's horse, and Twister reports that Lucky has run out on him and the cattle have been stolen. Hawley arrests Lucky on suspicion of being Belle's rustling accomplice, but he escapes, and Buck decides not to press charges. Unaware he is a free man, Lucky hides at the Starr ranch, and he and Jackie fall in love. Belle, who is in love with Hoppy but is sure he will never settle down, does all she can to insure Jackie's happiness with Lucky. Eventually, Belle realizes her foreman, Ringo, has been filling her range with unmarked cattle while she was in jail. Hoppy and his desert rat companion, Windy, then find a dead rattlesnake, a strand of woman's hair the color of Belle's, and Twister's corpse. The dirt on Twister's clothes leads Hoppy to an old mine shaft, which had been turned into a slaughter pit for the rustlers' stolen cattle. The mine is on Trimmer Winkler's land. Hawley arrives at the Starrs' to arrest Lucky for Twister's murder. Lucky escapes on Hoppy's horse, but is shot. When Belle, Jackie, Hoppy and Windy converge on the scene, Hawley realizes Lucky had been with Jackie the night the cattle were stolen. Jackie nurses Lucky back to health. Belle later reports that Ringo has disappeared with all her cattle, and Hoppy agrees to be her new foreman. Hoppy finds Belle's herd and marks a few head so they can trace them after Winkler buys them from Ringo. Later, when Ringo makes his deal with Winkler, Hawley finds the steer Hoppy ear-marked and places the rustlers under arrest, but Winkler shoots him. While Belle, Jackie and Hoppy shoot at the rustlers, Windy sends a signal with a mirror to the Bar 20. Before Buck's men can aid Hoppy, however, Belle is shot. When the rangers arrive, the rustlers surrender, but Belle dies. Honoring Belle's wishes, Hoppy has her buried among the rocks because "they last forever." +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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