The Leather Burners (1943)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - B-Western  |   Release Date - May 28, 1943 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 66 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Hans J. Wollstein

Under the able leadership of Griffith veteran Joseph Henabery, returning to the screen after an eight year hiatus, producer Harry Sherman's Hopalong Cassidy company once again traveled to picturesque Lone Pine and Kernville, CA. The result is one of the better Hopalong Cassidy Westerns of the 1940s, fast-paced, appropriately mysterious, and featuring good performances from the always watchable Victor Jory, a nearly unrecognizable George Givot (as a crazed hermit), and leading lady Shelley Spencer (aka Mrs. George Reeves). An impossibly young Robert Mitchum, in only his second film, plays one of Jory's henchmen. The exciting denouement of The Leather Burners, staged for maximum effect by Henabery, was filmed in the famous Bronson Cave in Los Angeles' Griffith Park, still today a favorite location spot for Hollywood filmmakers.