15 March 2017 | bkoganbing
History with Hoppy
Cassidy Of Bar 20 has two things unique in the series. I only recall one other time that actual personality from the old west is in a Hoppy movie as a character. One was a later Belle Starr story and in this one Clay Allison makes an appearance. However the real Allison assuredly no boy scout was not anything like the rat we see in this film.
The other is that Frank Darien makes his one and only appearance as the old timer sidekick for Hoppy. There were a few before producer Harry Sherman settled on Andy Clyde after Gabby Hayes left. He was just simply Pappy and he rode a mule. He never really took and I can see why Sherman just used him once and that was that.
Allison is making trouble for small ranchers like John Elliott and his wife who had some history with Hoppy sends for him. Allison is played by Robert Fiske and he's not got much in the way of character. He does a couple of cold blooded murders in Cassidy Of Bar 20 and pays in the end.
Hoppy fans should like this. Belle Starr made out better in a Hoppy movie, Clay Allison far worse.