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Subject: Hopalong Cassidy Day
Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2005 09:58:34 EDT


June 5
HOPALONG CASSIDY DAY

(http://www.hopalong.com/home.asp) Today is the anniversary of the birth of
William Boyd, born in Cambridge, Ohio in 1895.
Boyd is better known to movie-goers and TV audiences throughout the world as
Hopalong Cassidy. He first played the role of the cowboy hero in the 1935
movie, Hop-a-long Cassidy.
What most of us don’t know is that Clarence E. Mulford, the author and
creator of the original Hopalong, described him as a rather unsavory character
rather than the straight-thinking, straight-shooting cowboy that William Boyd
portrayed.
Boyd was Hopalong Cassidy in 66 films through 1948 (he bought the rights to
the character in 1945), and then he starred as Hopalong in the successful TV
series in the 1950s. For over twenty years, children and adults, alike,
thrilled to the adventures of Hopalong Cassidy, his horse Topper, and his sidekick
played by George ‘Gabby’ Hayes, and later, by Andy Clyde.
Although William Boyd starred in Cecil B. DeMille’s Volga Boatman; and in
many silent movies and a slew of westerns other than the Hopalong Cassidy
series; he will always be remembered as ‘Hoppy’.


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