Outlaws of the Desert


1h 6m 1941

Brief Synopsis

Hoppy and his pals accompany the Grants to Saudi Arabia to buy horses. When the Karitga's have El Kader kidnap Charles Grant for ransom, Hoppy engineers his rescue. When they return to the Sheik's camp, El Kader and his men attack.

Film Details

Also Known As
The Sheik of Buffalo Butte
Release Date
Nov 1941
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, 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 6m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,916ft (7 reels)

Synopsis

Hopalong Cassidy, Johnny Nelson and California, ranch hands at the Bar-20, agree to help out neighboring rancher Charles Grant by accompanying him and his wife and daughter, Jane and Susan, to Arabia to buy stallions for the cavalry. During a perilous trek across the Arabian desert, led by their Arabian guide Yussuf, Hoppy, Johnny and California come to the aid of a camel train that is being raided, which has the same destination as they do, the Sheik Suleiman's encampment. After Hoppy presents his commission and gifts from the Grants to the sheik, Suleiman, who refuses to sell any Arabian horses, presents two horses to Hoppy as a thank you for saving his camel train. When Hoppy returns to town, he discovers that naïve Susan has befriended a couple named Marie and Nicki Karitza, who claim to be brother and sister, and that while Nicki was out scouting horses with Charles, they were accosted and Charles was kidnapped. Hoppy insists on trying to find Jim before paying the $50,000 ransom. He returns to Sheik Suleiman's camp, where Suleiman informs him that his rival, Faran El Kader, is most likely responsible for the kidnapping. While Hoppy and friends head toward El Kader's camp, the Karitzas kidnap Susan, who has cabled the United States for the ransom money because she distrusts Hoppy. With the help of Yussuf, Hoppy frees Charles and Susan and remands El Kader, Nicki and Marie, who are actually a husband and wife team of con artists, to Suleiman's custody. El Kader's tribe launches an attack against Suleiman's camp, but Hoppy uses an old Apache trick to ambush El Kader's tribe. After Suleiman conquers El Kader in a sword fight, peace returns to the desert, and the cowboys and the Grants return home.

Film Details

Also Known As
The Sheik of Buffalo Butte
Release Date
Nov 1941
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, 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 6m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,916ft (7 reels)

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Notes

The working title of this film was The Sheik of Buffalo Butte. According to the Hollywood Reporter review, this film was "in line with [producer] Harry Sherman's new policy of removing Hopalong Cassidy's adventures from their traditional western background." According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, production truck driver George Woosley was given a part in the film, but his appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Some scenes were shot in Lone Pine, CA. For additional information on the series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry for Hop-Along Cassidy in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.1990.