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|40 T7||Riders of the Deadline (1943) - May 24, 2017
"Robert Mitchum graduates from the school of Hopalong after appearing as a henchman in all of their 1943 films. While not a instant hit, he gradually grew comfortable in front of the screen. This was also the 50th Hopalong Cassidy films released. They didn't do anything special for the occasion. It's the standard Hopalong deal. Hoppy goes undercover to reveal the identity of the bad men's ring leader. Kept the time passing, per usual, with it's light suspense and decent horse riding action."
|40 T7||False Colors (1943) - May 24, 2017
"Started out fine, but lacked something once things got shaking to make it a memorable Hopalong Cassidy. Probable the most stand-out thing was Will Rogers' son Jimmy Rogers taking over the role of the young one of the team. The unknowns they'd cast after Russell Hayden quit had all pretty much failed to fill his shoes. Unfortunately the same can be said about the legendary comedian's son. Didn't have the looks and not the gift of wit like his pa."
|40 T7||Bar 20 (1943) - May 24, 2017
"Rookie actor Robert Mitchum getting his training in the Hopalong Cassidy series, improving by each appearance! Always grouping him with fellow bad guy Victor Jory is giving him the polish to stand on his own. The episode is fun in itself, but not of the most memorable kind. At least it becomes interesting to see the rise of one of the big stars of Hollywood."
|40 T7||Colt Comrades (1943) - May 24, 2017
"William Boyd and the rest of the Hopalong Cassidy gang go drilling for oil and find something almost as valuable in cattle country. With the help of Victor Jory and Earle Hodgins this becomes a pleasant entry, but nothing remarkable. Just the average quality Hopalong quality without any gimmicks attached."
|50 T8||Blame! (2017) - May 24, 2017
"Stylish sci-fi animation. Enchanting, though not entirely thrilling. Hardly my favorite genre, I was still satisfied."
|50 T8||Leather Burners (1943) - May 24, 2017
"Victor Jory's gentle bad guy persona was the interesting foundation for one of the better Hopalong Cassidy films of the 1940s. That and a decent dose of everything, including sweet bonding with the kid and his magic tricks, and the stampeding action which ended it. Director Joseph Henabery handled Leather Burners (1943) with care and built it up nicely for a franchise B-western which had reached it's 42nd entry."
|40 T7||Border Patrol (1943) - May 24, 2017
"Look who turns up behind the rock! It's Robert Mitchum! He learns not to mess with Hopalong Cassidy! But it's mostly old slave driving judge Russell Simpson that's the real bother for William Boyd and the rest of the gang. A real smooth operator. Unfortunately things are a little too relaxed considering the danger here, so it doesn't become the most thrilling of episodes regardless of a decent heel."
|40 T7||Hoppy Serves a Writ (1943) - May 24, 2017
"Hopalong Cassidy going undercover.... AGAIN. Getting to be a habit this. All to recover some stoled $500 bills which Victor Jory and his gang took from a stagecoach. Felt Jory was wasted as the main baddie, but William Boyd himself carried himself like the strong man his character demands. Andy Clyde did his part lightening the mood, while Jay Kirby only showed he was no replacement for Russell Hayden. Okay unremarkable episode of the series."
|30 T5||Vince & Kath & James (2016) - May 24, 2017
"The characters got plenty of time to develop themselves, but the script is pure teen soap stuff. At least the promising young cast could use this as practice for something more worth wild later in their career."
|10 T1||Foolish Love (2016) - May 23, 2017
"....got to be one of the most stupid endings to a stupid filipino romance movie."