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Hopalong Cassidy - Secrets of the Wasteland (1941)
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Hopalong Cassidy ('Hoppy') was one of the great Western film heros of the 1930's and 1940's.
He was played by William Boyd, a silent film actor born in 1895.
 
Boyd bought the rights to his movies in 1948 and began showing them on television,
becoming a larger celebrity than he had ever been as a film actor.
 
The 1941 film "Secrets of the Wasteland", shows how to cheat in a shooting contest with a "special" coin.
Hopalong Cassidy Secrets
1. Title
 
 
Hoppy has two partners in this film, Johnny Nelson is the romantic cowboy and
California Carson is the comic cowboy.
 
The film was made mostly in the Alabama Hills, a rocky area east of the California Sierra Nevada
mountains, and the filming location for hundreds of movies, mostly Westerns.
 
In this film, Hoppy guides a group of archaelogists into the Southwest to look at ruins.
They encounter a settlement of Chinese immigrants along with some mild "oriental" stereotypes.
The Chinese are hiding something and some sabotage the expedition.
Some (white) bad guys are also roaming around as they think there is a gold mine in the area.
 
The film has a happy ending as Hoppy, his pals, and the settlers finish off the bad guys,
and the group finds out what the Chinese have been hiding.
 
Early in the film, California makes a bet with a local man that he can shoot a hole in a silver dollar.
California already has a silver dollar which has a bullet hole in it.
The man takes the bet, California shoots it, but when it lands on the ground, he swaps a whole coin
for the holed one, causing California to lose his bet.
 
The Chinese are trying to hide a large agricultural enterprise.
They don't have clear title to the land. Hoppy offers to take their deed into town and record it.
 
Hopalong Cassidy Secrets
2. Hoppy meets the archaelogists
 
Naturally, one is a pretty girl
 
Hopalong Cassidy Secrets
3. 'California' makes a bet
 
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4. Dollar with hole in it already
 
It appears to be some kind of film 'prop' coin, not a real silver dollar.
 
Hopalong Cassidy Secrets
5. Opponent makes a switch
 
Another 'prop' coin without a hole in it
 
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6. Ancient ruins
 
The background appears to be the Mesa Verde National Park cliff dwellings.
 
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7. Hoppy in the Chinese settlers office
 
Naturally, there is a dragon.
 
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8. Hoppy meets the Chinese settlement leader Dr. Moy Soong
 
She explains some of the problems facing the settlers
 
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9. Riders heading out
 
The peak directly behind them is Mt. Williamson, at 14,475'
the second highest mountain in California.
 
Hopalong Cassidy Secrets
10. The good guys ride out to meet the bad guys
 
California's highest mountain, Mt. Whitney, 14,495', is in the left background.
 
Hopalong Cassidy Secrets
11. Mr. Quan (Richard Loo) helps out
 
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12. Hoppy and his pals ready for action
 
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13. Hoppy gets thanks from the settlers
 
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14. Hoppy and his pals ride off towards the mountains
 
The peak is Lone Pine Peak, a 12,000' high peak in front of Mt. Whitney,
which is barely visible on the right.
 
Cast:
William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy
Andy Clyde as California Carlson
Brad King as Johnny Nelson
Barbara Britton as Jennifer Kendall (archaelogist)
Richard Loo as Mr. Quan
 
Director: Derwin Abrahams
Writers: Clarence E. Mulford and Harry Sinclair Drago
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