Cast & Crew
Bar-20 ranch hands Hopalong Cassidy, California Carlson and Lin Bradley travel to another state to buy prized cattle from the Stevens ranch. On the road they encounter a stagecoach carrying Mrs. Stevens, her daughter Marie and their friend, Mark Jackson, who are being robbed by Quirt Rankin and his gang. Although scared off by the Bar-20 hands, the robbers get away with jewelry belonging to Marie's fiancé, Richard Adams. Richard will not allow Marie to sell any of the cattle to pay the ransom for the jewelry, and instead plans to come up with the money by selling some of his own property. While touring the ranch with Mark, Hoppy, who along with California and Lin has been invited to stay at the Stevens' ranch, is robbed of his cattle money. Unknown to Hoppy and Richard, Mark is the mastermind behind Quirt's gang and hopes to take over the ranch. Mark uses Hoppy's money to offer Richard a "loan," knowing that Richard's sense of honor will prompt him to sign over the deed to his property as security. Lin later recognizes one of Hoppy's marked bills in Richard's possession, and suspects Richard of being involved with the outlaws. Hoppy, California and Lin secretly follow Richard to his meeting with the gang, at which he hopes to regain his jewelry. While Hoppy and California sneak up on the gang's hideout, Lin holds up Richard and takes the money back. Hoppy captures Quirt while the rest of the gang gets away, and Quirt confesses that Mark is the chief of the gang. The gang murders Quirt while he is in Hoppy's custody, but Richard has formed a posse and arrests Hoppy, California and Lin for robbery and for Quirt's murder. Although Richard refuses to believe that Mark would double-cross him, he agrees to Hoppy's plan to entrap Mark if he is indeed found guilty. In accordance with the plan, Richard pretends that Hoppy has escaped and states that he is taking the other men, including Quirt, whom Hoppy is impersonating, to the authorities. The caravan is ambushed by Quirt's gang, and as Hoppy had predicted, Mark attempts to kill the man he thinks is Quirt. Richard prevents the attempted murder, however, and Hoppy captures Mark while his friends round up the rest of the gang. With the money and jewels retrieved, Richard and Marie proceed with their wedding and agree to sell cattle to the Bar-20.
Lewis J. Rachmil
The working title of this film was Bar 20 Three. The picture marked the feature film debut of Dustine Farnum, the daughter of silent film star Dustin Farnum. Although reviews list Francis McDonald's character as "One Eye," he is listed as "Quirt Rankin" in the screen credits. Some scenes were shot on location in Lone Pine, CA. A modern source includes Buck Bucko in the cast. For further information on the series, consult the Series Index and see the entry for Hop-Along Cassidy in the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.1990.