Law of the Pampas (1939)

74 mins | Western | 3 November 1939

Director:

Nate Watt

Writer:

Harrison Jacobs

Cinematographer:

Russell Harlan

Editor:

Carrol Lewis

Production Designer:

Lewis J. Rachmil

Production Company:

Harry Sherman Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this picture was Argentina . Contradictions exist between the onscreen credits of this picture and other sources. On the film's title cards, the character played by Glen Strange is listed as Schultz, yet in the dialogue he is called Slim. According to a news item in HR , this picture was shot on location at Lone Pine, CA. Modern sources include Tony Roux and Martin Garralaga in the cast. For additional information about the series, consult the Series Index and See Entry for Hop-A-Long Cassidy ... More Less

The working title of this picture was Argentina . Contradictions exist between the onscreen credits of this picture and other sources. On the film's title cards, the character played by Glen Strange is listed as Schultz, yet in the dialogue he is called Slim. According to a news item in HR , this picture was shot on location at Lone Pine, CA. Modern sources include Tony Roux and Martin Garralaga in the cast. For additional information about the series, consult the Series Index and See Entry for Hop-A-Long Cassidy . More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
12 Oct 39
p. 3.
Film Daily
17 Oct 39
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Jun 39
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Jun 39
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Oct 39
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
17 Oct 39
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
21 Oct 39
p. 36, 38
Variety
25 Oct 39
p. 11.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Argentina
Release Date:
3 November 1939
Production Date:
began mid June 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
3 November 1939
Copyright Number:
LP9214
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Wide Range System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
74
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5603
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Señor José Valdez, a wealthy Argentinian cattle rancher, comes to the Bar 20 ranch to buy a herd of prize cattle. At the ranch, Valdez meets Hopalong Cassidy, the Bar 20 foreman, who befriends Valdez's grandson Ernesto and foreman, Fernando Rameriz. Fernando tells Hoppy about a series of tragic accidents that have befallen the Valdez family, resulting in the death of Don José's son and daughter. Consequently, when Valdez's moody son-in-law, Ralph Merritt, opposes the purchase of the Bar 20 cattle, Hoppy becomes suspicious and agrees to accompany the herd to Argentina. Hoppy's suspicions are confirmed when he learns that Don José's son died not by his own hand but was shot by a colt 44, and that both deaths happened in Merritt's absence. When Hoppy sees Merritt embracing the dance hall girl Chiquita and overhears him plotting with the killer Slim, he links Merritt to the deaths. Merritt, realizing that Hoppy is a danger to him, arranges for Chiquita to decoy him to a meeting where he plans to kill the cowboy and then raid the Valdez ranch to eliminate the old man and Ernesto, thus making himself the sole heir to the Valdez empire. Merritt's plans go awry, however, when Hoppy gets the drop on him and Chiquita discovers that he has been duplicitous in his promise of marriage. As Chiquita rides to the ranch to warn Lucky and Don José of the raid, Hoppy rounds up the loyal gauchos and organizes them into a posse. At Juanita's warning, Lucky loads Don José and Ernesto into a wagon and drives off with Merritt and his men in pursuit. Hoppy and the ... +


Señor José Valdez, a wealthy Argentinian cattle rancher, comes to the Bar 20 ranch to buy a herd of prize cattle. At the ranch, Valdez meets Hopalong Cassidy, the Bar 20 foreman, who befriends Valdez's grandson Ernesto and foreman, Fernando Rameriz. Fernando tells Hoppy about a series of tragic accidents that have befallen the Valdez family, resulting in the death of Don José's son and daughter. Consequently, when Valdez's moody son-in-law, Ralph Merritt, opposes the purchase of the Bar 20 cattle, Hoppy becomes suspicious and agrees to accompany the herd to Argentina. Hoppy's suspicions are confirmed when he learns that Don José's son died not by his own hand but was shot by a colt 44, and that both deaths happened in Merritt's absence. When Hoppy sees Merritt embracing the dance hall girl Chiquita and overhears him plotting with the killer Slim, he links Merritt to the deaths. Merritt, realizing that Hoppy is a danger to him, arranges for Chiquita to decoy him to a meeting where he plans to kill the cowboy and then raid the Valdez ranch to eliminate the old man and Ernesto, thus making himself the sole heir to the Valdez empire. Merritt's plans go awry, however, when Hoppy gets the drop on him and Chiquita discovers that he has been duplicitous in his promise of marriage. As Chiquita rides to the ranch to warn Lucky and Don José of the raid, Hoppy rounds up the loyal gauchos and organizes them into a posse. At Juanita's warning, Lucky loads Don José and Ernesto into a wagon and drives off with Merritt and his men in pursuit. Hoppy and the gauchos arrive just in time to capture Merritt and his gang, and with their job accomplished, Lucky and Hoppy return home to the Bar 20. +

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