Stagecoach War (1940)

63 mins | Western | 12 July 1940

Director:

Lesley Selander

Producer:

Harry Sherman

Cinematographer:

Russell Harlan

Editor:

Sherman A. Rose

Production Designer:

Lewis J. Rachmil

Production Company:

Harry Sherman Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working titles of this picture were War Along the Stage Trail and Hold Your Horses. A HR production chart adds Francis McDonald to the cast, however their participation in the film has not been confirmed. Although the onscreen credits list both Norman Houston and Harry Olmstead as screenwriters, the SAB credits Olmstead with story Houston with screenplay. Modern sources add Bob Kortman to the cast. For additional information about the series, consult the Series Index and see entry entry for Hop-A-Long Cassidy. ...

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The working titles of this picture were War Along the Stage Trail and Hold Your Horses. A HR production chart adds Francis McDonald to the cast, however their participation in the film has not been confirmed. Although the onscreen credits list both Norman Houston and Harry Olmstead as screenwriters, the SAB credits Olmstead with story Houston with screenplay. Modern sources add Bob Kortman to the cast. For additional information about the series, consult the Series Index and see entry entry for Hop-A-Long Cassidy.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
27 Jun 1940
p. 3
Film Daily
10 Jul 1940
p. 7
Hollywood Reporter
16 Dec 1939
pp. 6-7
Hollywood Reporter
15 Feb 1940
p. 9
Hollywood Reporter
26 Jun 1940
p. 3
Motion Picture Daily
3 Jul 1940
p. 6
Motion Picture Herald
29 Jun 1940
p. 32
Variety
10 Jul 1940
p. 14
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
D. M. Abrahams
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story and scr
Harry F. Olmstead
Orig story and scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Ward
MUSIC
Mus dir
Mus score
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by Clarence E. Mulford.
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
SONGS
"Lope-Along Road," "Westward Ho" and "Hold Your Horses," words and music by Phil Ohman and Foster Carling.
SONGWRITER/COMPOSER
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Hold Your Horses
War Along the Stage Trail
Release Date:
12 July 1940
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 3 Jul 1490
Production Date:
began mid Dec 1939
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
12 July 1940
LP9769
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Wide Range System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
63
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6059
SYNOPSIS

Hopalong Cassidy, Lucky Jenkins and Speedy are driving a herd of mustangs to the town of Blue Sky, where they are to be delivered to Jeff Chapman, the owner of the Bar 20 stage line, when they come upon Jeff's runaway stage. The stage has just been robbed by Smiley and his gang of singing outlaws, who have shot Jeff and left him to die. Lucky and Hoppy administer first aid to Jeff, and Lucky drives the stage to the Chapman ranch, where he becomes smitten by Jeff's daughter Shirley. Shirley, however, is in love with Neal Holt, who runs a rival stage line and has designs on Jeff's mail contract. Holt's foreman, Twister Maxwell, is secretly working for Smiley and his gang, tipping them off to gold and silver shipments. Hoppy becomes suspicious of Twister when he sees him riding a lame horse to town and later discovers that a horseshoe found by Speedy near the scene of the robbery fits Twister's horse. This leads Hoppy to suspect Holt, and when the two men begin to quarrel over the merits of the Bar 20 mustangs versus Holt's horses, they agree to a match race with the stage contract as prize. Lucky is appointed driver of the mustang coach, and during the race, he is about to pass Holt's coach on a dangerous mountain curve when he sees Shirley in the coach and throws the race to save her life. Irate townsmen who have bet on the mustangs are for hanging Lucky, until Hoppy intervenes and explains Lucky's gallant act. Holt supports Lucky, and the race is called a draw. Jeff consents ...

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Hopalong Cassidy, Lucky Jenkins and Speedy are driving a herd of mustangs to the town of Blue Sky, where they are to be delivered to Jeff Chapman, the owner of the Bar 20 stage line, when they come upon Jeff's runaway stage. The stage has just been robbed by Smiley and his gang of singing outlaws, who have shot Jeff and left him to die. Lucky and Hoppy administer first aid to Jeff, and Lucky drives the stage to the Chapman ranch, where he becomes smitten by Jeff's daughter Shirley. Shirley, however, is in love with Neal Holt, who runs a rival stage line and has designs on Jeff's mail contract. Holt's foreman, Twister Maxwell, is secretly working for Smiley and his gang, tipping them off to gold and silver shipments. Hoppy becomes suspicious of Twister when he sees him riding a lame horse to town and later discovers that a horseshoe found by Speedy near the scene of the robbery fits Twister's horse. This leads Hoppy to suspect Holt, and when the two men begin to quarrel over the merits of the Bar 20 mustangs versus Holt's horses, they agree to a match race with the stage contract as prize. Lucky is appointed driver of the mustang coach, and during the race, he is about to pass Holt's coach on a dangerous mountain curve when he sees Shirley in the coach and throws the race to save her life. Irate townsmen who have bet on the mustangs are for hanging Lucky, until Hoppy intervenes and explains Lucky's gallant act. Holt supports Lucky, and the race is called a draw. Jeff consents to the marriage of Holt and his daughter, and the two men become partners in the stage business. Hoppy then rounds up Smiley and his gang as they attempt to rob the stage, and their work done, Hoppy, Lucky and Speedy start back for the Bar 20.

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