Hopalong Cassidy: The Complete Television Collection
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The dark-garbed Hopalong Cassidy was a wildly popular matinee idol of the `30s and `40s and one of the most iconic cowboy heroes of all time. Astride his white steed Topper with a black, 10-gallon hat perched on his head, Hopalong (so named for a limp caused by a bullet wound) made a striking figure. Based on a rude, tough-talkin' character from a popular pulp fiction series, the ''Hoppy'' of the silver screen was a law-abiding good guy, who didn't smoke, drink, chew tobacco or swear; rarely kissed a girl; and always let the bad guy draw first. Now own this Special-Edition, 12-DVD Collector's Set. Including all 52 TV episodes and 10 bonus feature films.
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Bar Twenty Justice (1938)
The Frontiersmen (1938)
In Old Mexico (1938)
Pride of the West (1938)
Law of the Pampas (1939)
Renegade Trail (1939)
Range War (1939)
Silver On the Sage (1939)
Sunset trail (1939)
Santa Fe Marshall (1940)
Also included in this 12 disc set are all 52 of the Hopalong Cassidy television shows which aired between 1952 and 1954. These 26 minute episodes include the 12 shows which were edited versions of the final 12 Hopalong Cassidy films produced by William Boyd between 1946 and 1948 along with the 40 episodes produced exclusively for TV in 1952 and 1954.
This item also includes the bonus documentary, "Public Hero #1". Produced by Starz Western Channel, it traces the life and career of William Boyd as well as the development of the Hopalong Cassidy character in both print and film. Dennis Weaver narrates with extensive comments from Hoppy's widow, Grace Bradley Boyd and film critic Leonard Maltin. This documentary is featured on Disc #4 and I highly recommend that it be viewed before watching the films and TV episodes.
The technical quality of all the films and television episodes is EXCELLENT: sharp picture, clear audio.
Each of the 12 discs are individually packaged in a keepsake case, each one featuring a different photo of Hoppy on the front.
Altogether you get over 35 hours of enjoyable, exciting family entertainment which I found well worth the purchase price which came to about $2 per hour.
I highly recommend this item to all fans of Hopalong Cassidy, westerns and classic film and television.
William Boyd stars as the straight-shootin', 10-gallon-hat-wearin' Hopalong Cassidy, who rides to victory astride his trusty horse Topper in 52 television episodes and 10 bonus Movie Collection.
Selected "Hoppy" films on Disc 9 thru 12 (most of which appear on DVD for the first time):
DISC NINE (9) - The Movie Collection (1938)
Bar Twenty Justice (1938) (70 mins/B&W)
The Frontiersmen (1938) (74 mins/B&W)
In Old Mexico (1938) (67 mins/B&W)
DISC TEN (10) - The Movie Collection (1938-39)
Pride of the West (1938) (56 mins/B&W)
Law of the Pampas (1939) (72 mins/B&W)
Renegade Trail (1939) (58 mins/B&W)
DISC ELEVEN (11) - The Movie Collection (1939)
Range War (1939) (65 mins/B&W)
Silver On the Sage (1939) (68 mins/B&W)
DISC TWELVE (12) - The Movie Collection (1939-40)
Sunset trail (1939) (69 mins/B&W)
Santa Fe Marshall (1940) (68 mins/B&W)
BIOS: (Listed alphabetically are the actors who starred with Hoppy)
1. William Boyd
Date of Birth: 5 June 1895 - Hendrysburg, Ohio
Date of Death: 12 September 1972 - Laguna Beach, California
2. Rand Brooks
Date of Birth: 21 September 1918 - Los Angeles, California
Date of Death: 1 September 2003 - Santa Ynez, California
3. Edgar Buchanan
Date of Birth: 20 March 1903 - Humansville, Missouri
Date of Death: 4 April 1979 - Palm Desert, California
4. Andy Clyde
Date of Birth: 25 March 1892 - Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland, UK
Date of Death: 18 May 1967 - Los Angeles, California
5. James Ellison
Date of Birth: 4 May 1910 - Guthrie Center, Iowa
Date of Death: 23 December 1993 - Montecito, California
6. Russell Hayden
Date of Birth: 12 June 1912 - Chico, California
Date of Death: 9 June 1981 - Palm Springs, California
7. George 'Gabby' Hayes
Date of Birth: 7 May 1885 - Wellsville, New York
Date of Death: 9 February 1969 - Burbank, California
SPECIAL FEATURES BONUS:
1. Public Hero #1 - Included is a 67 minute documentary from Starz Encore's Western Channel, featuring Hoppy's widow Grace Bradley Boyd, a femme fatale of the silver screen in the '30s and '40s - plus actor Dennis Weaver and renowned film critic and historian Leonard Maltin.
Hoppy with his down-to-earth humor and sentimentality, theses scenes are pure Americana! --- Boyd, with his silver hair, black clothes and white horse (Topper) rode into our lives and we've never been the same since --- your children and grandchildren will enjoy this clean wholesome entertainment --- Hoppy always wore two silver white handle six shooters, never drank or smoked, when the good guys always won and the moral to the story was fair-play -- outstanding role model.
Hats off and thanks to Les Adams (collector/guideslines for character identification), Chuck Anderson (Webmaster: The Old Corral/B-Westerns.Com), Boyd Magers (Western Clippings), Bobby J. Copeland (author of "Trail Talk"), Rhonda Lemons (Empire Publishing Inc) and Bob Nareau (author of "The Real Bob Steele") as they have rekindled my interest once again for B-Westerns and Serials --- If you're into the memories of B-Westerns with high drama, this is the one you've been anxiously waiting for --- please stand up and take a bow --- all my heroes have been cowboys!
Total Time: 2022 min on DVD ~ Inifinity Ent. ~ (8/07/2007)