Hopalong Cassidy

hop lg.jpgHopalong Cassidy is a fictional cowboy hero created in 1904 by the author Clarence E. Mulford, who wrote a series of popular short stories and twenty-eight novels based on the character.

In his early writings, Mulford portrayed the character as rude, dangerous, and rough-talking. Beginning in 1935, the character—as played by movie actor William Boyd in films adapted from Mulford's books—was transformed into a clean-cut on-screen hero. A total of sixty-six immensely popular films were released, only a few of which relied on Mulford's original story lines. Mulford later revised and republished his earlier works to be more consistent with the character's new, polished on-screen persona.

Boyd resumed production in 1946, on lower budgets, and continued through 1948, when "B" westerns in general were being phased out. Boyd thought that Hopalong Cassidy might have a future in television, spent $350,000 to obtain the rights to his old films, and approached the fledgling NBC television network. The initial broadcasts were so successful that NBC could not wait for a television series to be produced and simply reedited the old feature films down to broadcast length. On June 24, 1949, Hopalong Cassidy became the first network Western television series.

Episode Number Episode Title Aired Datesort descending
12 The Empty Saddle Sunday, March 19, 1933
4 The Mystery of Skull Valley Sunday, January 22, 1950
5 Renegades of the San Rafael Sunday, January 29, 1950
6 The Phantom Bandito Sunday, February 5, 1950
7 Murder on the Trail Sunday, February 12, 1950
8 Hoppy Takes a Chance Sunday, February 19, 1950
9 The Voice of the Dead Sunday, February 26, 1950
10 Ten Strike Gold Sunday, March 5, 1950
11 Red Rock Mesa Sunday, March 12, 1950
13 The Failure Sunday, March 26, 1950