Hopalong 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 Date|
|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|