Silver on the Sage


1h 6m 1939

Brief Synopsis

Hoppy goes undercover as a gambler from the East when Bar 20 cattle are stolen by unknown rustlers. Brennan/Talbot are twin brothers (one a casino owner, the other a rancher) and Hoppy believes they provide alibis for each other while one is out committing crimes. Hoppy gets a job in the casino to learn more but is exposed when a gambling gunslinger notices him.

Film Details

Also Known As
Riders of the Range
Release Date
Mar 31, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
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
7 reels

Synopsis

Hopalong Cassidy entrusts his sidekicks, Lucky Jenkins and Windy Halliday, to deliver a herd of Bar 20 cattle to Tom Hamilton's Lazy J ranch. When the cattle are rustled and Lucky is ambushed by Dave Talbot, the Lazy J foreman, however, Lucky accuses Talbot of involvement with the cattle thieves. Hamilton insists that they ride to town and settle the matter with the marshal. Meanwhile, in town, Hoppy decides to investigate for himself and, posing as card shark Bill Thompson, gets a job dealing at Earl Brennan's Mirage Bar. As Hamilton, Lucky and Talbot proceed to town, someone takes a potshot at them, and Lucky rides after their assailant. When he returns, he finds Hamilton dead and Talbot missing, and brings Hamilton's body into town, where he accuses Talbot of the murder. To Lucky's dismay, the marshal claims that Talbot was playing cards at the Mirage Bar the whole time, and arrests Lucky for the murder. Indignant, Lucky breaks out of jail and is followed by Hoppy and Windy, who trail him to a supposedly poisoned water hole at the edge of the desert. Becoming suspicious when he discovers that the water is not poisoned, Hoppy tells Windy to stay with Lucky and confides that the man playing cards was not Talbot. In town, the rustlers, led by Brennan, realize that Thompson is Hopalong Cassidy and plot to eliminate Hoppy and raid the Hamilton ranch. Overhearing their plans, Lucky rides to warn Hamilton's daughter Barbara, who orders her ranch hands to take him prisoner. Along the trail, Talbot tries to shoot Hoppy in the back, but Hoppy gets the draw on him and takes him to the marshal, where he proves that Brennan, Talbot's twin brother, killed Hamilton. The rustlers escape after a shootout at the saloon, and Hoppy leads the posse to the Lazy J, where he frees Lucky. Hoppy then tracks the rustlers to their hideout in the desert and sets a fire, signaling the marshal and his men, who arrive to arrest Brennan and his gang.

Film Details

Also Known As
Riders of the Range
Release Date
Mar 31, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
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
7 reels

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Notes

The working title of this picture was Riders of the Range. In the opening credits, the actor who plays "Lane" is listed as Wen Wright while in reviews and other sources, he is listed as Ben Wright. Simliarly, Ruth Rogers character is named "Barbara" in the credits, while in the reviews, she is named "Ethel." Modern sources add Hank Bell, George Morrell, Frank O'Connor, Buzz Barton, Herman Hack and Dick Dickinson to the cast and credit Harrison Jacobs with screenplay. For additional information about the series, consult the Series Index and see entry above for Hop-Along Cassidy.