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.
by Hans J. Wollstein review