Doomed Caravan (1941)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy Western  |   Release Date - Jan 10, 1941 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Hans J. Wollstein

Alone among B-Western heroes, William Boyd's Hopalong Cassidy enjoyed the presence of strong women of a certain age. Clara Kimball Young and Evelyn Brent both appeared in the Hoppy series in their later years, offering solid performances and earning Hoppy's respect. Minna Gombell is added to the roster in Doomed Caravan, and she, too, brings some much needed ballast to a genre that all too often viewed women in decorative terms only. In addition to Miss Gombell and the usual strong work by Boyd, Andy Clyde, Morris Ankrum, and others, Doomed Caravan offers several good glimpses of Old Kernville, CA, a favorite location spot for the Hoppy unit that later gave way for the establishment of Lake Isabella. Leading lady Georgia Hawkins played Miss Kitty on the long-running CBS radio version of Gunsmoke.