Law of the Pampas


1h 12m 1939

Brief Synopsis

Hoppy and Lucky deliver cattle to Valdez in Argentina. Merritt is after Valdez's ranch and has his son and daughter killed, supposedly in an accident. Examining the bullet, Hoppy suspects murder. Hoppy then remembers Merritt and finds his picture on an old USA wanted poster.

Film Details

Also Known As
Argentina
Release Date
Nov 3, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Harry Sherman Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Location
Lone Pine, California, United States
Screenplay Information
Based on characters created by Clarence E. Mulford.

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 12m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Wide Range System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

Synopsis

Señor José Valdez, a wealthy Argentinian cattle rancher, comes to the Bar 20 ranch to buy a herd of prize cattle. At the ranch, Valdez meets Hopalong Cassidy, the Bar 20 foreman, who befriends Valdez's grandson Ernesto and foreman, Fernando Rameriz. Fernando tells Hoppy about a series of tragic accidents that have befallen the Valdez family, resulting in the death of Don José's son and daughter. Consequently, when Valdez's moody son-in-law, Ralph Merritt, opposes the purchase of the Bar 20 cattle, Hoppy becomes suspicious and agrees to accompany the herd to Argentina. Hoppy's suspicions are confirmed when he learns that Don José's son died not by his own hand but was shot by a colt 44, and that both deaths happened in Merritt's absence. When Hoppy sees Merritt embracing the dance hall girl Chiquita and overhears him plotting with the killer Slim, he links Merritt to the deaths. Merritt, realizing that Hoppy is a danger to him, arranges for Chiquita to decoy him to a meeting where he plans to kill the cowboy and then raid the Valdez ranch to eliminate the old man and Ernesto, thus making himself the sole heir to the Valdez empire. Merritt's plans go awry, however, when Hoppy gets the drop on him and Chiquita discovers that he has been duplicitous in his promise of marriage. As Chiquita rides to the ranch to warn Lucky and Don José of the raid, Hoppy rounds up the loyal gauchos and organizes them into a posse. At Juanita's warning, Lucky loads Don José and Ernesto into a wagon and drives off with Merritt and his men in pursuit. Hoppy and the gauchos arrive just in time to capture Merritt and his gang, and with their job accomplished, Lucky and Hoppy return home to the Bar 20.

Film Details

Also Known As
Argentina
Release Date
Nov 3, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Harry Sherman Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Location
Lone Pine, California, United States
Screenplay Information
Based on characters created by Clarence E. Mulford.

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 12m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Wide Range System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

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Notes

The working title of this picture was Argentina. Contradictions exist between the onscreen credits of this picture and other sources. On the film's title cards, the character played by Glen Strange is listed as Schultz, yet in the dialogue he is called Slim. According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter, this picture was shot on location at Lone Pine, CA. Modern sources include Tony Roux and Martin Garralaga in the cast. For additional information about the series, consult the Series Index and see entry above for Hop-A-Long Cassidy.