6 October 2020 | MartinHafer
Hoppy working for an outlaw?! Yes,...it's true!
In case you are interested in seeing this film, it and most (if not all) of the Hopalong Cassidy B-westerns are available through YouTube. And, unlike many B-western heroes, these films are complete...not the chopped to pieces films which were cut down for TV time slots in the 1950s.
When the story begins, some bandits murder a couple...as their terrified son, Pedro, hides. The men have no idea that the kid can identify them....but later they learn and begin searching in earnest for the boy. At the same time, the boy's grandfather, a Mexican bandit known as 'El Toro', has learned what happened and he's left his hiding place in Mexico to cross the border to rescue the kid. But he's a wanted man...and lots of lawmen, include Hopalong, are looking for the retired bandit.
During his search for El Toro, Hoppy has an accident in the river...and he might drown. El Toro sees his predicament and saves him...and Hoppy is torn. He IS a lawman and has sworn to uphold the law...but he owes the man. And, when he learns why El Toro is there, Hoppy tells him to head back to Mexico...an HE promises to find the boy and return him to his grandfather. This means two things....resigning his job and posing as a baddie in order to infiltrate the gang who is looking for the boy.
This is among the very best of the Hopalong Cassidy films. And, since it's only the second one, it's a bit different. While George 'Gabby' Hayes is in the film, as he was in nearly all the early films in this series, like the early ones he plays a different character...not Windy. In this case, he sports a huge mustache instead of his usual grizzled beard.
Why did I like this one so much? Well, it's quite original and I enjoyed the violence. Now I am not a huge fan of violence, but too many of the B-westerns feature good guys who never kill anyone yet save the day...which is pretty unrealistic (Lone Ranger....take note!). In this one, one baddie gets drug to his death and the final one...well...it's memorable! This combined with good writing and acting make this one to see.