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Secret of the Wastelands (1941)

The usual gang of bad guys is out to grab up all the available ranch land. This time their object is land belonging to Chinese. As an aside, Hoppy leads some archaeologists through parts of California.

Director:

Derwin Abrahams

Writers:

Gerald Geraghty (screenplay), Harry Sinclair Drago (based upon the story by) (as Bliss Lomax) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
William Boyd ... Hopalong Cassidy
Andy Clyde ... California Carlson
Brad King ... Johnny Nelson
Soo Yong ... Moy Soong
Barbara Britton ... Jennifer Kendall
Douglas Fowley ... Slade Salters
Keith Richards ... Clay Elliott
Richard Loo ... Quan
Lee Tung Foo Lee Tung Foo ... Doy Kee
Gordon Hart Gordon Hart ... Dr. Malcolm Birdsall
Earl Gunn Earl Gunn ... Clanton
Ian MacDonald ... Hollister
John Rawlins John Rawlins ... Williams
Roland Got Roland Got ... Yeng
Hal Price ... Professor Balto Stubbs
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Hoppy is leading a scientific expedition and the Chinese who have a hidden settlement nearby are trying to stop them. Saulters and his outlaw gang are also in the area looking for a gold mine. When Saulters men attack, the gold mine is found. Hoppy agrees to file for the Chinese and heads after Saulters in the chase to the land office. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Trivia

The thirty-eighth of sixty-six Hopalong Cassidy movies. See more »

Goofs

During the gun battle, Hoppy exhausts one of his six-shooters, then fires fourteen bullets from the other. See more »

Connections

Follows Range War (1939) See more »

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A Wonderful Classic Old Western
23 May 2015 | by xcalibur-05387See all my reviews

What a great movie. The storyline was truly ahead of its time, during a period of flagrant racism in the 1940's. It was great to see Cassidy stand up for the weaker Chinese immigrants. I loved the ending when Cassidy rides to the land office to claim the mine for the Chinese immigrants that discovered it. I was really surprised to find a movie from this time period that was actually a very accurate portrayal of early 19th century Chinese immigration. The early Chinese settlers came from the Canton province of mainland China, where they were drawn to the West with opportunities in the railroad expansion connecting together the eastern US with the western US. A treasured movie indeed.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ghosts of Rimrock See more »

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Runtime:

| (edited TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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