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Call of the Prairie (1936)

Approved | | Western | 6 March 1936 (USA)
Hoppy has to bust up a gang of outlaws with the help of his sidekicks Shanghai and Johnny. As usual, he walks through the fusillade unscathed.

Director:

Howard Bretherton

Writers:

Clarence E. Mulford (story), Doris Schroeder (adapted from "Hopalong Cassidy's Protege" by) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
William Boyd ... Hopalong Cassidy
James Ellison ... Johnny Nelson (as Jimmy Ellison)
Muriel Evans ... Linda McHenry
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Shanghai McHenry (as George Hayes)
Chester Conklin ... Sheriff Sandy McQueen
Al Bridge ... Sam Porter (as Alan Bridge)
Willie Fung ... Wong
Howard Lang ... Buck Peters
Hank Mann ... Bartender Tom
Al Hill ... Henchman Tom Slade
Jim Mason ... Hoskins
John Merton ... Arizona
Chill Wills and His Avalon Boys Chill Wills and His Avalon Boys ... Singing Cowhands
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Storyline

Hoppy returns to find Johnny in trouble. Buck Peters has been shot by Porter who made it look like Johnny did it. When Johnny flees he runs into Linda. He takes a liking to her only to learn her father Shanghai is one of Porter's gang. Going after Shanghai, he gets captured by the gang and Porter now plans to kill him. But Hoppy is near by and Johnny will get unexpected help from Shanghai. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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You'll THRILL To His Deeds of Daring...The Prince of Pistoleers in another action-packed saga of the sun-baked prairies!

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Trivia

The fourth of 66 Hopalong Cassidy movies. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Nelson: Who's your father?
Linda McHenry: Charlie McHenry.
Johnny Nelson: I reckon he's one of those nice people I haven't been meetin' lately.
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Connections

Followed by Heart of Arizona (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

The Call of the Prairie
(uncredited)
Music by Vee Lawnhurst
Lyrics by Tot Seymour
Performed by Chill Wills and His Avalon Boys
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One Of The Best Hoppies
15 September 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

The fourth of the sixty-six Hopalong Cassidy pictures is one of the best. When Howard Lang is shot, everyone blames it on James Ellison, who's been getting drunk with the wrong people -- including Gabby Hayes as a bad guy with a pretty daughter. It's all an excuse for the baddies to rob and plunder and stuff like that there, and it's up to William Boyd to sort out matters, with a combination of brains, good humor, threatening, and gunplay.

Paramount and RKO were producing the best B westerns in this period; if you want to say that the Hopalongs were the best, I won't dispute you. Because of their strong distribution network and studio resources, they could spend extra money, and it shows here, particularly in the brisk editing by Edward Schroeder. Watch out for old-time comedy pro Chester Conklin. He gets a good gag in that actually contributes to the plot!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Última Testemunha See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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