"showdown between good guys and bad guys ~ Hoppy!"
J. Lovins | Missouri-USA | 08/15/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Paramount and Clarence E. Mulford's fictional western character Hopalong Cassidy comes to life through William Boyd as Hoppy, George "Gabby" Hayes as Windy Halliday and Russell Hayden as Lucky Jenkins with two films from the late '30s ~ both horse operas directed by Lesley Selander.
First on the program is "HOPALONG RIDES AGAIN" (1937), based on Mulford's 1923 novel "Black Buttes" with outstanding photography from Russell Harlan's camera serves up beautiful landscape ~ Hoppy instincts are usually right on and in this case the villains are in for it once again.
Second feature is "HEART OF ARIZONA" (1938), based on the author Clarence E. Mulford's 1929 novel "The Deputy Sheriff" with an ultra screenplay by Norman Houston and once again Russell Harlan's cinematography captures the theme and mood from a woman's point of view ~ Natalie Moorhead as Belle Starr gives a touching performance, almost a scene stealer.
Hoppy's interaction with Windy (Hayes) is always a shot in the arm 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...gotta love it!
Total Time: 133 mins (2 films) DVD ~ Image 1834 ~ (12/10/2002)"