is a 1943 Western
film starring Hopalong Cassidy
). Released on April 2, 1943, it was produced by Harry Sherman and directed by Lesley Selander
. Hopalong's trusty sidekicks appear: California Carlson (Andy Clyde) and the young cowpoke Johnny, this time played by Jay Kirby. Other players destined for long film careers were also featured. Duncan Renaldo
(the future Cisco Kid
) plays the Mexican Commandant, Robert Mitchum
plays "Quinn," one of the bad guys and George Reeves
(the future TV Superman) plays "Don Enrique Perez," an accented Mexican captive working in the bad guys' silver mine. The only female in the film is Claudia Drake starring as "Onez La Baroa".
Hopalong and his sidekicks are Texas Rangers
who set out to find how 25 Mexicans have disappeared after being hired by the "Silver Bullets" mine. They ride into town and find that the mine owner is a one-man government, played by Russell Simpson as "Orestes Krebes". Hopalong and his friends are arrested on trumped-up charges and are tried before a kangaroo court and sentenced to swing but not until after lunch. With the help of the girl, they escape, free the captive mine workers and together defeat the evil gang.