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T.9727 (6 reel 9.5mm sound release by Pathéscope May 1953)
"IN OLD COLORADO" USA 14Mar1941 Dir: Howard Bretherton ---------------- Harry Sherman Productions 67mins B/W Cert "U" Produced by: Harry Sherman (Approx 50mins on 9.5mm) Distributed by: Paramount Pictures Filmed on location at Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, California, USA Screenplay by: Norton S. Parker, J. Benton Cheney, Russell Parker Based on characters created by: Clarence E. Mulford Editing by: Carroll Lewis Photography by: Russell Harlan Music by: Irwin Talbot, John Leipold Production design by: Lewis J. Rachmil
William Boyd Margaret Hayes
Cast: William Boyd .......... Hopalong Cassidy Russell Hayden ........ Lucky Jenkins Andy Clyde ............ California Margaret Hayes ........ Myra Woods Morris Ankrum ......... Joe Weiler Sarah Padden .......... Harriet Ma Woods Cliff Nazarro ......... Nosey Haskins Stanley Andrews ....... George Davidson James Seay ............ Hank Merritt Morgan Wallace ........ Sheriff Collins Weldon Heyburn ........ Henchman Blackie Eddy Waller ........... Jim Stark
Colorado rancher Ma Woods believes powerful neighbour George Davidson is behind attacks on her property and cattle. Hopalong Cassidy arrives with $20,000 to purchase the land, but is robbed of the money. However is Davidson the real culprit? Keeping his identity a secret, Hoppy takes a job at the Woods' spread and begins to suspect a third part is behind the mayhem .....
"In Old Colorado" is available on DVD in the USA in a set of five Cassidy westerns from Platinum Video (normally on my sales lists at £7.95 plus 95p towards UK postage)
Notes: 1. The 33rd entry in the series of 66 Hopalong Cassidy western feature films starring William Boyd. 2. The Pathéscope print comes from a reissue by Grand National who replaced the Paramount main credit with one of their own.
3. Pathéscope omitted from the 9.5mm print nearly all the scenes with Cliff Nazarro who played a comic character called Nosey Haskins. These included a lengthy talk with Ma Woods at the start of the movie, a section with a blacksmith and the old-shell game sequence with Andy Clyde. On 35mm Nazarro had about ten minutes of screen time but Pathécope reduced this to just a brief glimse. The abrupt finish is caused by the 9.5mm editor chopping out Clyde's revenge on the crook who sold him the shell game (Philip Van Zandt) and Russell Hayden's romantic good-bye to heroine Margaret Hayes.
4. Location work was at Lone Pine in California and shot 'back to back' with "Doomed Caravan" (also on 9.5mm as T.9784).
5. Some sources credit actor Russsell Hayden as contributing to the screenplay.
6. Margaret Hayes had previously acted as Doris Dale.
(Extra Info gratefully added from Maurice Trace) ZT-9727/gln/16.12.2013
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