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Hopalong Cassidy Tor Books Clarence E. Mulford

7th July 2013 Literature & Fiction 4 Comments

Jim Meeker came down from Montana to run Texas cattle–only to find that Hoppy’s Bar-20 ran the water. So when a trio of snake-mean rustlers started themselves a cattle war, the powder was primed, the guns cocked, and Hoppy was smack in the middle.

So it’s friend against friend, brother against brother, gun against blazing gun. Time’s running out, and the range is red with blood.

Clarence E. Mulford is the creator of the character Hopalong Cassidy, who appeared in countless films, novelizations, and a long running television series. Mulford died in 1956.

Most know Hopalong Cassidy from the movies of the 1930′s starring William Boyd. But the original Hoppy was a much different character, the subject of several dozen historically accurate novels. Here he is a red-headed and hot-blooded young cowhand about to marry a neighbor’s daughter. A nasty Mexican stirs up enmity between his outfit and the neighbor’s, and violence ensues. Stan Winiarski’s voice is deep, Texan, rough and expressive. He shades the characters subtly, not attempting full-blown unique voices. The match between story and narrator is exquisite. D.W. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine –This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

Hopalong Cassidy

  • 4 responses to "Hopalong Cassidy Tor Books Clarence E. Mulford"

  • Peter james
    5:12 on July 7th, 2013
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    this one shows the true friendship and brotherhood of the old bar-20 gang. if i had friends like this who could stop me. read them all…they’re more than worth it. also there are 4 more written by loius lamour. the whole series will make you wish you were there. enjoy!

  • Patsy Rose
    5:55 on July 7th, 2013
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    His Writing are the real thing! The characters are written so realisitc and not too super-human….. Mulford’s stories of Hopalong make you feel like your reading about a real person form the past….

  • Congrats Joe
    10:34 on July 7th, 2013
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    One of the earlier of the Bar 20 or Hopalong Cassidy series, and one of my favorites.

    Glad to find a copy!

  • hamad
    7:38 on July 8th, 2013
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    Hopalong Cassidy was created in 1904 as a rowdy red-haired cowboy, unsurpassed in handgun usage. In 1935 actor William Boyd changed the character to a white-haired gentleman. According to an afterword by Louis L’Amour’s son, L’Amour wouldn’t admit to writing four Hopalong Cassidy books. He preferred the original character created by Clarence E. Mulford. Though the dialogue is extremely ungrammatical, the general style is of the Victorian era. Zane Grey wrote Riders of the Purple Sage in 1912, also in a Victorian style, and was his most famous book, featuring the strong character Lassiter, who was not as rowdy as Hopalong. Both characters set the stage for the western hero, with maybe 170 films featuring western heroes based on Mulford and Grey’s depictions. Few devotees of modern western writing will enjoy the Grey and Mulford books; they are now for those of a scholarly bent, who focus on the history and development of the modern western.

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