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Pride of the West (1938)
by Hans J. Wollstein review

Young Leslie Selander directed some of the best of producer Harry Sherman's Hopalong Cassidy Westerns and Pride of the West is no exception. "Photographed," as a foreword proudly states, "near Lone Pine, CA, in the shadows of majestic Mt. Whitney," this 17th installment in the long-running series tells its story in an uncluttered manner and features strong performances by a supporting cast that includes future MGM leading man James Craig in only his fourth film. There is a good brawl in a Chinese coffee shop, a climactic shootout in the famous Alabama Hills, and some tolerable antics by juvenile performer Billy King, a Hoppy semi-regular in those early years. Above it all towers Mount Whitney, its snowcapped peak lending a certain grandeur to the proceedings.