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Hoppy Serves a Writ

Hoppy Serves a Writ
Hoppy Serves a Writ poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGeorge Archainbaud
Screenplay byGerald Geraghty
Produced byHarry Sherman
StarringWilliam Boyd
Andy Clyde
Jay Kirby
Victor Jory
George Reeves
Jan Christy
CinematographyRussell Harlan
Edited bySherman A. Rose
Harry Sherman Productions
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • March 12, 1943 (1943-03-12)
Running time
67 minutes
CountryUnited States

Hoppy Serves a Writ is a 1943 Western film directed by George Archainbaud and starring William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy, the 43rd of 66 Cassidy features. The supporting cast features his regular sidekicks Andy Clyde and Jay Kirby, as well as Victor Jory and George Reeves. The film remains noteworthy today as one of the earliest performances (his 2nd) of unshaven newcomer Robert Mitchum, who made an impression upon the studio by generating a surprising fan mail response exactly as Clark Gable had after playing an extremely similar unshaven role in The Painted Desert, a Western starring William Boyd produced a dozen years earlier.[1][2]


Cattle rustler and stagecoach hold-up man Tom Jordan and his gang have been terrorizing the ranchers and other citizens of Mason City. Sheriff Hoppy is implored to bring them to justice, but their hideout is across the border in Oklahoma, outside his jurisdiction. With somewhat questionable help from sidekicks California and Johnny, he has to figure out a way to capture and arrest Jordan and his henchmen while they're committing crimes in Texas.

It was adapted from "Hopalong Cassidy Serves a Writ" (1941), the final Cassidy novel written by creator Clarence E. Mulford.



  1. ^ "Hoppy Serves a Writ (1943) - Overview". Retrieved March 4, 2015.
  2. ^ Hans J. Wollstein (2015). "Hoppy-Serves-a-Writ - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 4, 2015.

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