Hopalong Cassidy is a fictional cowboy hero created in 1904 by the author Clarence E. Mulford, who wrote a series of popular short stories and twenty-eight novels based on the character.
In his early writings, Mulford portrayed the character as rude, dangerous, and rough-talking. Beginning in 1935, the character ? as played by movie actor William Boyd in films adapted from Mulford’s books ? was transformed into a clean-cut, on-screen hero. A total of sixty-six immensely popular films were released, only a few of which relied on Mulford’s original story lines. Mulford would later revise and republish his earlier works to be more consistent with the character’s new, polished, on-screen persona.
Beginning in 1950, Capitol Records released a series of Hopalong Cassidy “record readers”, featuring William Boyd and produced by Alan W. Livingston.
The singing bandit.
Featuring Bill Boyd with California and Lucky.
Music by Billy May.