Texas Masquerade (1944)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - B-Western  |   Release Date - Feb 8, 1944 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 59 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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William Boyd once again dons the disguise of a fop in this average entry in the long-running "Hopalong Cassidy" western series. The masquerade helps Hoppy and sidekicks California Carlson (Andy Clyde) and Jimmy Rogers get to the bottom of some dirty dealings in the Texas town of Glenby. A vicious gang of night riders has been scaring local ranchers into selling out to J.K. Trimble (Russell Simpson), a supposedly upstanding citizen who has discovered that there is oil in them thar hills. Disguised as Boston lawyer James Corwin, Hoppy at first manages merely to antagonize girl rancher Virginia Curtis (Mady Correll) but then takes her into his confidence. The unexpected arrival of old foe Sam Nolan (Francis McDonald) becomes an even greater threat, however, but aided by the real Corwin (Nelson Leigh) and disgruntled Marshal Rowbottom (Bob McKenzie), Hoppy manages to corner Trimble and his gang after a fiery shootout in the desert. Filmed at Lone Pine, Kernville and Joshua Tree National Forest, Texas Masquerade was penned by Jack Lait, Jr., the screenwriting son of famous muckraking journalist and editor Jack Lait.

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cowboy, impersonation, investigation, lawyer, murder, outlaw [Western]