Rustler's Valley


1h 1m 1937

Brief Synopsis

Hoppy is the foreman on a ranch owned by Randall Glenn. Lawyer Cal Howard is trying to pressure Glenn into mortgaging his property, but Hoppy saves the ranch and gets the girl, Glenn's daughter.

Film Details

Also Known As
Clarence Mulford's Rustler's Valley
Release Date
Jul 23, 1937
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Harry Sherman Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Location
Columbia, California, United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Rustler's Valley by Clarence E. Mulford (New York, 1924).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 1m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6 reels

Synopsis

Lucky, a young cowboy and friend of Hopalong Cassidy, is framed for a bank robbery by Randall ranch foreman Taggart, and presumed killed during his flight from the posse. Hoppy and his buddy Windy Halliday are saddened to hear of their friend's death, and knowing that Lucky is no robber, Hoppy starts his own investigation. Cal Howard, who is engaged to Agnes Randall so that he can gain control of her father's ranch, is secretly working with banker Clem Crawford to buy up the neighboring ranches. The pair intend to sell them to a syndicate which will turn the land into an irrigation dam. Howard and Crawford demand immediate payment on Randall's loan, which they know Randall will be unable to pay. At Agnes and Howard's engagement party, Hoppy and Windy discover that Lucky is alive, while Agnes becomes increasingly aware of Howard's crude manners. After Howard sees Agnes and Hoppy ride into town together, he becomes angry that she is associating with his enemy, and orders her to discontinue her friendship with Hoppy. Agnes is indignant and breaks off their engagement. While Windy hides Lucky near Lost Canyon, formerly known as Rustler's Canyon, Hoppy finds out that Taggart has quit his job as foreman of the Randall ranch, and that Howard has expressed the syndicate's interest in purchasing the ranch. Hoppy is then hired on as the Randall's new foreman, and Windy informs him that Howard got Taggart cleared of a murder charge years earlier. After Hoppy threatens Howard, Howard orders Taggart to kill him. He also orders him to take the Randall cattle off their ranch into Lost Canyon to make it seem as if Randall is trying to default on his loan, as the cattle are his only collateral. At the canyon, Windy and Lucky discover the rustlers and report back to Hoppy. In the meantime, Taggart shoots at Agnes, thinking she is Hoppy because she is riding his horse. As he is riding toward the canyon with Windy and Lucky, Hoppy hears the gunshot and comes to Agnes's aid. She is unharmed and rides home. Hoppy finds Taggart's hideout, and overhears him and Howard discussing their plan. He manages to take them hostage, after which his posse and the rustlers engage in a gunfight. Just when Howard has regained control, Windy and Lucky send some boulders crashing into his shack. Howard, Taggart and the rustlers are arrested, and the Randall family returns to normal.

Film Details

Also Known As
Clarence Mulford's Rustler's Valley
Release Date
Jul 23, 1937
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Harry Sherman Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Location
Columbia, California, United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Rustler's Valley by Clarence E. Mulford (New York, 1924).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 1m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6 reels

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Notes

The film's opening title reads "Clarence Mulford's Rustler's Valley." A pre-release article in Hollywood Reporter includes Claudia Coleman in the cast, however, her participation in the final film has not been determined. According to copyright records, this was filmed at the ghost town Columbia, CA. A modern source includes Bernadene Hayes in the cast. In 1942, United Artists purchased a motion picture package from Paramount, which included the Hopalong Cassidy series. Lost Canyon, based on Rustler's Valley by Mulford, was the first Hoppy film made that year, directed by Lesley Selander, and starring William Boyd, Jay Kirby and Andy Clyde. Lee Colt was the name used briefly by actor Lee J. Cobb. For additional information on the series, consult the Series Index and see entry above for Hop-Along Cassidy.