Cast & Crew
Hopalong Cassidy, owner of the Bar Three ranch in Wyoming, and his neighboring ranchers around an Indian reservation, are suffering from cattle losses due to rustlers. Indians are suspected to be the culprits, but after several encounters with Andrews, the agent in charge of the reservation, Hoppy and his friends Windy and Lucky Jenkins suspect Andrews. Andrews, with the help of his Indian cohort Lone Eagle, frames Hoppy, but he evades arrest. Lone Eagle is found dead, and Andrews hopes the Indians will blame Hoppy for the murder. Hoppy brings Lone Eagle's body to the Indians and promises to return with the real killer. They allow him to leave accompanied by Indians, but keep Windy and Lucky hostage. Hoppy steals Andrews' rifle, which uses unusual bullets and proves to the Indian Chief Big Tree that the bullets in the rifle match those that killed Lone Eagle. The Indians release Windy and Lucky, and they all join together to get the rustlers. Andrews knocks out his superior officer Thompson, and escapes, but is caught by Hoppy. With the rustlers arrested, the Indians and Hoppy thank one another, and Windy and Lucky return to their romances with the general store owner and her daughter.
Clara Kimball Young
Chief Big Tree
D. M. Abrahams
Clarence E. Mulford's story first appeared as a serial in West Magazine (6 July-17 August 1932). The title card of the film read "Clarence E. Mulford's Hills of Old Wyoming." This picture marks Russell Hayden's screen debut. Publicity records note that the film is based on both Mulford's story and the song. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, Harry Sherman was hospitalized due to injuries sustained while shooting at Kernville, CA. For more information on the series, see entry for Hop-Along Cassidy in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.1990 and consult the Series Index.