Cast & Crew
Cowboys Hopalong Cassidy, California Carlson and Lucky Jenkins take refuge from a storm in a deserted church in the ghost town of Coltsville. When they hear organ music in the middle of the night, the men discover pretty organist Susan Crowell and her widowed mother. Susan explains that her father was pastor of the church before he was mysteriously murdered as part of a series of shootings and strange disappearances that turned Coltsville into a ghost town. Edwin "Deacon" Black, so-called for his pious dedication to the church, remains Susan and her mother's only friend. After Lucky accompanies the Crowells home, a beam falls over the organ seat, and Hoppy begins to suspect that someone wants Susan dead. Hoppy then finds a bible inscribed to Black from his sister, Mary Brewster. The next day, a wrecking crew, headed by a man named Riker, arrives to tear down the church and engages in a gun battle with Hoppy, California and Lucky, who have been holed up with the Crowells in the church all day. In the middle of the night, after preventing a gang member from setting fire to the church, Hoppy escapes to the house of an old friend, county clerk Tom Connell, and learns that Mary Brewster tried unsuccessfully to buy the church's land. Back at the church, Mrs. Crowell grows increasingly anxious, and California begins to suspect her of collusion with the gang. Meanwhile, Lucky and Susan fall in love. After Hoppy fights his way back into the church, he learns that Black mysteriously re-entered the church unscathed. Later Black, who is really Riker's boss, slips out and shoots an oil driller who was trying to reach Hoppy. The driller crawls into the church and collapses, however, before he can expose Black. When Black tries to enter the church through the bell tower, Hoppy yanks the bell cord, causing Black to fall to his death. The driller then revives and explains that he was forced by Riker to work the area's oil-rich land that was being bought up by Black's sister. Meanwhile, Connell arrives and rounds up the gang. As Hoppy and his friends prepare to leave, California and Mrs. Crowell, who turned out to be innocent, get acquainted. After Lucky says goodbye to Susan, who promises she will wait for him, Hoppy chides Lucky that if he marries Susan, he is liable to have California for a father-in-law.
Fred W. Berger
Lewis J. Rachmil
The title card for the film states: "William Boyd as "Hopalong Cassidy" in The Marauders." Modern sources include Richard Alexander and Herman Hack in the cast. For additional information on the Hopalong Cassidy series, consult the Series Index, and see the entry for Hop-Along Cassidy in the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.1990.