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Stagecoach War

Stagecoach War(1940)

Also Known As: Hold Your Horses | War Along the Stage Trail |

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In the 30th film of this series, "Hopalong" Cassidy (William Boyd), "Lucky" Jenkins (Russell Hayden) and "Speedy" McGinnis (Britt Wood) are driving a herd of Bar 20 mustangs to Blue Sky, to be delivered to Jeff Chapman (J. Farrell MacDonald), operator of a stage line. They come upon a Chapman stage, which has just been looted of silver bullion by Smiley (Rad Robinson) and his singing outlaws (Ken Darby, Jon Dodson and Bud Linn, the four members of The King's Men Quartet) . They tend Chapman's wounds and Lucky drives the stage to town. Lucky immediately falls in love with Shirley Chapman (Julie Carter), Jeff's daughter, but she is in love with Neal Holt (Harvey Stephens), who has designs on the mail-carrying contract held by Jeff. Holt's foreman, "Twister" Maxwell (Frank Lackteen) secretly works with Smiley and his gang, tipping them off on gold and silver shipments. Cassidy becomes suspicious of Maxwell when he sees him leading a lame horse into town and later discovers that a horseshoe found near the scene of the robbery fits the horse. This also puts Holt under suspicion and he and Cassidy get into an arguments over the relative merits of the Bar 20 mustangs versus Holt's pure-bred Morgans, and the result is a match race, with the stage-mail contract at stake. During the race, as Lucky is about to pass the Holt stage on a dangerous curve, he sees Shirley in the Holt stage and throws the race to save her life. Irate townsmen, who had bet on the mustangs, are all for hanging Lucky, but Cassidy and Holt explain Lucky's gallant act, and the race is called a draw. Cassidy and his hands roundup the outlaws, Jeff consents to the marriage of his daughter and Holt, and he and Holt becomes partners in the stage business.

Cast & Crew

William Boyd Hopalong Cassidy
Russell Hayden Lucky Jenkins
Julie Carter Shirley Chapman
Eddy Waller Quince Cobalt
Frank Lackteen Twister Maxwell
Jack Rockwell Mart Gunther
Russell Harlan Photography
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MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  New York opening: week of 3 Jul 1490
Release Date:  1940 Production Date:  none available
Color/B&W:  Black and White Distributions Co:  Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Sound:  Mono (Western Electric Sound System) Production Co:  Harry Sherman Productions, Inc.
Duration(mins):  63 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  not available    
Duration(reels):  7    

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