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Heart of Arizona (1938)

Belle Starr has returned from time in prison only to face a hail of bullets, along with rescue by Hoppy and the Bar 20 gang.


Lesley Selander


Clarence E. Mulford (original story), Norman Houston (screen play) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
William Boyd ... Hopalong Cassidy
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Windy Haliday (as George Hayes)
Russell Hayden ... Lucky Jenkins
Natalie Moorhead ... Belle Starr
John Elliott ... Buck Peters
Billy King Billy King ... Artie Peters
Dorothy Short ... Jacqueline Starr
Stephen Chase ... Dan Ringo (as Alden Chase)
John Beach John Beach ... Sheriff Hawley
Lane Chandler ... Trimmer Winkler
Leo J. McMahon Leo J. McMahon ... Twister (as Leo MacMahon)
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Belle Starr has just returned from prison to take over her ranch where her foreman Ringo who is rustling cattle. He is after the herd and has planted his man Twister there. When Hoppy finds the cattle stampeded by Twister, he secretly marks them hoping this will lead him to the rustlers and their buyer. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Furious Fights!...He's a fighting fury no cattle thief can face! (original print ad) See more »


Passed | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


This is one of 54 Hopalong Cassidy features produced by Harry Sherman, initially distributed by Paramount Pictures from 1935-1941, and then by United Artists 1942-1944, which were purchased by their star William Boyd for nationally syndicated television presentation beginning in 1948 and continuing thereafter for many years, as a result of their phenomenal success. Each feature was re-edited to 54 minutes so as to comfortably fit into a 60 minute time slot, with six minutes for commercials. It was not until 50 years later that, with the cooperation of Mrs. Boyd. i.e. Grace Bradley, that they were finally restored to their original length with their original opening and closing credits intact. See more »


Follows Hop-a-Long Cassidy (1935) See more »

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Excellent acting and production values raise this above routine
20 March 2020 | by morrisonhimselfSee all my reviews

If the chief female had not been called "Belle Starr," which was the name of a real person in the annals of the West, this would have been more in line with the rest of the Hoppy series. But that's a very minor problem.

Playing La Starr is an obvious stage actress, Natalie Moorhead. Because she's an obvious city slicker, she should not have been cast as a long-time Westerner; but her character could more easily have been a fairly recent immigrant. Still, only a very minor problem. Suspend your disbelief.

And enjoy William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy. Boyd was undoubtedly one of the very finest actors to play the lead in a Western series. There is a subtlety in his every move and gesture, in his facial expressions, that show that, if it hadn't been for that ugly "news" paper error early in his career (when another William Boyd was arrested and our guy's picture ran), he might have been a huge mainstream star. He certainly deserved it. He certainly had the talent.

Russell Hayden gave a magnificent performance, surely one of his best. He was a good-looking guy and was a wonderful cowboy. His acting was uneven later, and he often sounded as if he had bad-fitting dentures, but here he was just perfect, a real pleasure to watch.

Dorothy Short gave another of her excellent performances, and George Hayes played his "Windy" character also to perfection. He too, by the way, was actually a city slicker -- well, sort of. In his bio at IMDb is this comment: "In real life he was the exact opposite of the characters he played on film. He was well read, well-groomed, serious and highly philosophical."

He reportedly did not even learn to ride a horse until he was 50, but few actors are more identified with Westerns than Hayes, and probably even fewer are and were more beloved. Any movie is better for his presence.

The other players were talented and the script-writer gave many of them a chance to shine -- which they do.

Paramount produced dusty and gritty Westerns, often showing the dusty and gritty ranch life, and often doing so better than other studios. Perhaps especially in the Hopalong series.

I highly recommend "Heart of Arizona," and you can find a very good copy at YouTube.

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Release Date:

22 April 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gunsmoke See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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