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Three Men from Texas (1940)

Approved | | Western | 15 November 1940 (USA)
Hoppy and new sidekick California Carlson head to California to help out Lucky Jenkins.

Director:

Lesley Selander

Writers:

Norton S. Parker (screenplay), Clarence E. Mulford (based on characters created by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Boyd ... Hopalong Cassidy
Russell Hayden ... Lucky Jenkins
Andy Clyde ... California Carlson
Morris Ankrum ... Bruce Morgan
Morgan Wallace ... Captain Andrews
Thornton Edwards Thornton Edwards ... Pico Serrano
Esther Estrella ... Paquita Serrano
Davison Clark Davison Clark ... Ed Thompson
Dick Curtis ... Gardner - Henchman
George Lollier George Lollier ... Dave
Glenn Strange ... Ben Stokes
Neyle Morrow ... Juanito (as Neyl Marx)
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This 31st entry of the 66 films in the Hopalong Cassidy series marks the first of 35 consecutive appearances, in the remaining films of the series, of Scottish-born comedian Andy Clyde in the role of "California Carlson", although his introduction in this film is as "California Jack" Carlson and his credentials won't bear much scrutiny. The film finds local officers in an outlaw-infested town in California helpless to cope with the situation and a citizens committee comes to Texas and appeals to the Texas Rangers for help in organizing the forces of law and order. Captain Andrews of the Rangers offers the assignment to Hopalong Cassidy and Lucky Jenkins, but Cassidy, whose period of service in the Rangers is almost over, refuses. The as-usual impetuous Lucky takes the job alone. While on patrol duty, Cassidy is following the trail of a large herd of rustled horses and discovers the hide-out of the Bruce Morgan gang. The place is deserted except for a garrulous old cook who calls ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Trivia

The thirty-first of sixty-six Hopalong Cassidy movies. See more »

Goofs

Just prior to the first shootout between an outlaw gang against Hopalong Cassidy and California Carlson, Hoppy hands California one of his guns to provide cover. When it's all over, Hoppy comes over to California and takes back the gun, and throws it over his shoulder into the brush. But it was his own gun. See more »

Quotes

Hopalong Cassidy: How far is it into the town?
California Carlson: Oh, maybe six or seven miles as the crow flies, but us not bein' crows, we'll cover about ten between here and there.
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Connections

Followed by Silent Conflict (1948) See more »

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A joy to watch
30 June 2007 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

All those Hopalong Cassidy films! And the only ways anyone can ever see them in the UK is if they buy imported DVD's or download off the internet, because they're never on TV. This is mainly because these type of Hollywood b Westerns are considered derisory by the suits – I got news for them: it's current TV programming that is derisory, no one will watch any of it in 70 years time like HC still is.

Be warned: the IMDb plot summary gives out the entire story, but basically after receiving a call for help from California Texas Rangers Hoppy & Lucky are up against a tough gang of land grabbers. To the background sound of clinking spurs we're treated as usual to plenty of chases, wonderful scenery, gunfights, a brief romance for Lucky, a neck-tie party, comedy this time coming from Andy Clyde joining the team. William Boyd and Russell Haydon put in their usual good performances as the unflappable Cassidy and young sidekick Lucky. Favourite bit: California winging one of the baddies, then shooting him dead. Hoppy reproaches in jest "You ought to be ashamed of yourself shooting at a cripple" – "I was only trying to be humane" – swift justice indeed!

I think I've probably seen about a bar-20 of these films but it looks par for the course, a well made programmer with so-so acting and plot but mainly for the kids and people like me. Don't bother if you're a serious type.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Drei Männer aus Texas See more »

Filming Locations:

Lone Pine, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (edited TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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