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William Boyd

“Hopalong Cassidy” Starring William Boyd:
By the mid-1940’s, tall, black-clad, grey-haired, Hoppy & his faithful horse Topper became household names in more than 50 big screen westerns for movie producer Harry Sherman. From 1949 - 1952 William adapted Hoppy to the small screen with great success.

Fact File

Birth Name: William Boyd

Date Of Birth: 5th June 1895

Place Of Birth: Hendrysburg, Ohio, USA

Date Of Death: 12th September 1972

Place Of Death:
Laguna Beach, California, USA

Height: 6’

Nickname: Hoppy

Grace Bradley (1937 - 1972)
Dorothy Sebastian (1931 - 1935)
Elinor Fair (1926 - 1929)
Ruth Miller (1921 - 1924)

William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy

William Boyd’s Top 10 Movies on DVD & VHS

Hop-A-Long Cassidy (1935)/Bar 20 Rides Again [DVD](1935) DVD
White-haired whitehat William Boyd debuts as Clarence E. Mulford's veteran cowpoke whose limp earned him the nickname "Hopalong" (and was rarely seen after this film), in the first of over 60 movies made over 13 years. Here Boyd and the gang of the Bar 20 Ranch must stop a crooked foreman's cattle-rustling pals from starting a range war. With James Ellison, George "Gabby" Hayes. AKA: "Hopalong Cassidy Enters." Then, Hoppy and his Bar 20 cowpokes must pluck the plans of a chicken-hearted cattle rustler named Purdue, who's out to make himself into a frontier Napoleon, in an exciting sagebrush thriller. Jimmy Ellison, Harry Worth, and George "Gabby" Hayes as "Windy" also star. 123 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby 5.1.

Three On The Trail (1936)/Hopalong Cassidy Returns [DVD](1936) DVD
William Boyd's Hopalong Cassidy jumps into action when a town's sheriff turns his head after a group of cattle-rustling stagecoach thieves wreak havoc. Jimmy Ellison, Onslow Stevens and "Gabby" Hayes also star. Then, Cassidy finds he's falling for glamorous dance hall owner Evelyn Brent, unaware that she's the head of a ruthless gang of outlaws, in an early series entry that features a powerful and (for a "Hoppy" film) brutal ending that puts it among the series' best. With "Gabby" Hayes, Stephen Morris (later Morris Ankrum). 141 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby 5.1.

Call Of The Prairie (1936)/Heart Of The West [DVD](1936) DVD
The call is a cry for help when a group of outlaws causes all sorts of trouble, and Hopalong Cassidy and his pals are pressed into action to save the day. Jimmy Ellison, Muriel Evans, "Gabby" Hayes and Chill Wills and the Avalon Boys also star. Then, you've gotta have "heart" to be a Wild West rancher, but a little help from "Hoppy" won't hurt, either. That's what frontierswoman Lynn Gabriel learns when Hopalong Cassidy and pals Jimmy Ellison and Gabby Hayes help her save her spread from a rascally neighbor. 122 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.

Hills Of Old Wyoming (1937)/North Of The Rio Grande [DVD](1937) DVD
These hills are alive--with the sounds of a shady deputy who's using half-breed Indians to run his cattle-rustling scheme. It's up to Hopalong Cassidy and sidekicks "Gabby" Hayes and Russell Hayden to catch the owlhoots and smooth things between cattlemen and Indians. Then, odds are North of the Rio Grande'll put you in Texas, pardner, and that's where Hopalong Cassidy finds himself when he poses as an outlaw to bring in the crooks who killed his brother. With Russell Hayden, "Gabby" Hayes, and Lee J. Cobb (his film debut). 149 min. total.

Trail Dust (1936)/Borderland [DVD](1937) DVD
There's plenty of dust--and justice--kicked up when Hopalong Cassidy, "Gabby" Hayes and James Ellison saddle up and take on some low-down rannies out to keep a cattle drive from reaching its goal. Look for a pre-sidekick days Al St. John as one of the bad guys. Then, what's this? Heroic Hopalong Cassidy drinking and being mean to kids? Not to worry, Western fans--it's all due to Hoppy's undercover identity, part of a scheme to flush out an outlaw gang plaguing the border territories. "Gabby" Hayes and Jimmy Ellison (in his final film in the series) co-star. 159 min. total.

Rustlers' Valley (1937)/Texas Trail [DVD](1937) DVD
First, it was the lawyer who really pulled the bank job...and Hopalong Cassidy is determined to prove it--while saving the ranch and the girl. William Boyd, "Gabby" Hayes and Agnes Glenn star. Then, an unusual entry in the "Hopalong Cassidy" series has Hoppy and the Bar 20 boys helping out the Army during the Spanish-American War by rounding up horses for the Rough Riders to use. With William Boyd, "Gabby" Hayes, Russell Hayden. 131 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; photo gallery; publicity materials; theatrical trailer.

Cassidy Of Bar 20 (1938)/Partners Of The Plains [DVD](1938) DVD
That's "Cassidy" as in "Hopalong," pardner, who rides into danger when he helps an old flame whose ranch is being terrorized by rustlers. Russell Hayden, Nora Lane, Robert Fiske also star. Then, one of the stronger installments of his series finds Hopalong Cassidy lending his services to an English lady who has inherited a ranch and taking care of her pesky little villain problem. Harvey Clark, Russell Hayden, Gwen Gaze also star. 127 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.

Hopalong Rides Again (1937)/Heart Of Arizona [DVD](1938) DVD
First, Hoppy's got a bone to pick with the head of a cattle-nabbing gang who poses as a paleontologist to learn about the Bar 20's plans to move 1,000 head of cattle through rustler territory. With William Boyd, "Gabby" Hayes, Russell Hayden. Then, notorious lady outlaw Belle Starr gets out of jail and tries to fly right as a rancher, but when things go wrong only Hopalong Cassidy can set them straight. With William Boyd, "Gabby" Hayes and Natalie Moorhead. 131 min. total. Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; photo gallery; publicity materials; theatrical trailer.

Pirates On Horseback(1941) VHS
A gambling tycoon attempts to defraud a cowpoke causing Hopalong Cassidy, Lucky Jenkins and California to come to his defense. A highlight of the sagebrush saga is a terrific fistfight between Hoppy and the gambler. Russell Hayden, Andy Clyde and Morris Ankrum co-star. 69 min.

Bar 20(1943) VHS
The title, as every good western fan knows, refers to Hopalong Cassidy's ranch, and in this action-packed oater Hoppy's plans to buy some cattle for his spread hit a snag when he first must corral a gang of stagecoach robbers. Helping Cassidy are Andy Clyde and future Superman George Reeves; with Victor Jory, Dustin Farnum and Robert Mitchum (playing a good guy for once). 58 min.


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