Silver on the Sage (1939)

66 or 68 mins | Western | 31 March 1939

Director:

Lesley Selander

Producer:

Harry Sherman

Cinematographer:

Russell Harlan

Editor:

Robert Warwick

Production Designer:

Lewis J. Rachmil

Production Company:

Paramount Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this picture was Riders of the Range . In the opening credits, the actor who plays "Lane" is listed as Wen Wright while in reviews and other sources, he is listed as Ben Wright. Simliarly, Ruth Rogers character is named "Barbara" in the credits, while in the reviews, she is named "Ethel." Modern sources add Hank Bell, George Morrell, Frank O'Connor, Buzz Barton, Herman Hack and Dick Dickinson to the cast and credit Harrison Jacobs with screenplay. For additional information about the series, consult the Series Index and See Entry for Hop-Along Cassidy ... More Less

The working title of this picture was Riders of the Range . In the opening credits, the actor who plays "Lane" is listed as Wen Wright while in reviews and other sources, he is listed as Ben Wright. Simliarly, Ruth Rogers character is named "Barbara" in the credits, while in the reviews, she is named "Ethel." Modern sources add Hank Bell, George Morrell, Frank O'Connor, Buzz Barton, Herman Hack and Dick Dickinson to the cast and credit Harrison Jacobs with screenplay. For additional information about the series, consult the Series Index and See Entry for Hop-Along Cassidy . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
8 Feb 39
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Sep 38
pp. 10-11.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Feb 39
p. 2.
Motion Picture Daily
16 Feb 39
p. 15.
Motion Picture Herald
11 Feb 39
p. 38.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Harry Sherman Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Ward
MUSIC
Mus dir
PRODUCTION MISC
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by Clarence E. Mulford.
SONGS
"Silver on the Sage," composer undetermined.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Riders of the Range
Release Date:
31 March 1939
Production Date:
began late-September 1938
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
31 March 1939
Copyright Number:
LP8744
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
66 or 68
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Hopalong Cassidy entrusts his sidekicks, Lucky Jenkins and Windy Halliday, to deliver a herd of Bar 20 cattle to Tom Hamilton's Lazy J ranch. When the cattle are rustled and Lucky is ambushed by Dave Talbot, the Lazy J foreman, however, Lucky accuses Talbot of involvement with the cattle thieves. Hamilton insists that they ride to town and settle the matter with the marshal. Meanwhile, in town, Hoppy decides to investigate for himself and, posing as card shark Bill Thompson, gets a job dealing at Earl Brennan's Mirage Bar. As Hamilton, Lucky and Talbot proceed to town, someone takes a potshot at them, and Lucky rides after their assailant. When he returns, he finds Hamilton dead and Talbot missing, and brings Hamilton's body into town, where he accuses Talbot of the murder. To Lucky's dismay, the marshal claims that Talbot was playing cards at the Mirage Bar the whole time, and arrests Lucky for the murder. Indignant, Lucky breaks out of jail and is followed by Hoppy and Windy, who trail him to a supposedly poisoned water hole at the edge of the desert. Becoming suspicious when he discovers that the water is not poisoned, Hoppy tells Windy to stay with Lucky and confides that the man playing cards was not Talbot. In town, the rustlers, led by Brennan, realize that Thompson is Hopalong Cassidy and plot to eliminate Hoppy and raid the Hamilton ranch. Overhearing their plans, Lucky rides to warn Hamilton's daughter Barbara, who orders her ranch hands to take him prisoner. Along the trail, Talbot tries to shoot Hoppy in the back, but Hoppy gets the draw on him ... +


Hopalong Cassidy entrusts his sidekicks, Lucky Jenkins and Windy Halliday, to deliver a herd of Bar 20 cattle to Tom Hamilton's Lazy J ranch. When the cattle are rustled and Lucky is ambushed by Dave Talbot, the Lazy J foreman, however, Lucky accuses Talbot of involvement with the cattle thieves. Hamilton insists that they ride to town and settle the matter with the marshal. Meanwhile, in town, Hoppy decides to investigate for himself and, posing as card shark Bill Thompson, gets a job dealing at Earl Brennan's Mirage Bar. As Hamilton, Lucky and Talbot proceed to town, someone takes a potshot at them, and Lucky rides after their assailant. When he returns, he finds Hamilton dead and Talbot missing, and brings Hamilton's body into town, where he accuses Talbot of the murder. To Lucky's dismay, the marshal claims that Talbot was playing cards at the Mirage Bar the whole time, and arrests Lucky for the murder. Indignant, Lucky breaks out of jail and is followed by Hoppy and Windy, who trail him to a supposedly poisoned water hole at the edge of the desert. Becoming suspicious when he discovers that the water is not poisoned, Hoppy tells Windy to stay with Lucky and confides that the man playing cards was not Talbot. In town, the rustlers, led by Brennan, realize that Thompson is Hopalong Cassidy and plot to eliminate Hoppy and raid the Hamilton ranch. Overhearing their plans, Lucky rides to warn Hamilton's daughter Barbara, who orders her ranch hands to take him prisoner. Along the trail, Talbot tries to shoot Hoppy in the back, but Hoppy gets the draw on him and takes him to the marshal, where he proves that Brennan, Talbot's twin brother, killed Hamilton. The rustlers escape after a shootout at the saloon, and Hoppy leads the posse to the Lazy J, where he frees Lucky. Hoppy then tracks the rustlers to their hideout in the desert and sets a fire, signaling the marshal and his men, who arrive to arrest Brennan and his gang. +

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