Hoppy and Lucky deliver cattle to Valdez in Argentina. Merritt is after Valdez's ranch and has his son and daughter killed, supposedly in an accident. Examining the bullet, Hoppy suspects murder. Hoppy then remembers Merritt and finds his picture on an old USA wanted poster.Written by
Maurice VanAuken <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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 »
Back in the late 1940s and early 50s, many old series B-westerns were chopped to pieces in order to fit them into one hour time slots on TV. Unfortunately, in some cases, the original longer versions were lost. Fortunately, in the case of Hopalong Cassidy's film, the original excised footage was saved and recently restored. Fortunately, the copy of "Law of the Pampas" that I just saw on YouTube is one of the restored ones...running at 71 minutes instead of the much shorter 50-55 minutes.
When the story begins, Hoppy meets Mr. Valdez, a rich rancher from South America who is visiting the United States. Not surprisingly, Valdez likes Hoppy...after all, good people always love him! At first, Hopalong isn't interested in bringing cattle to Valdez in Argentina, but after his suspicions are raised concerning the 'accidental deaths' in the Valdez family, he agrees to go...along with his somewhat blabber-mouthy friend, Lucky. Once there, it becomes increasingly obvious that the deaths were not mere accidents and Valdez's own son-in-law might just be behind all this!
Considering that this is a B-western, it probably will come as no surprise to learn that it was filmed in California, not Argentina. But the look of the film with the Sierras was a nice substitution. Plus, Paramount seemed to do an excellent job in replicating the look of South America--with bolos, gauchos and folks drinking mate out of a bombilla. In other words, they tried to get the right look...which is a bit unusual. Also, I appreciated how these 'South Americans' were not bad stereotypes and were very decent folk...a very sensitive portrayal for the times. Overall, very enjoyable and a wonderful change of pace.
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