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Hopalong Cassidy, 1942 - 1974

 Series — Multiple Containers

Scope and Contents

This series contains items that are related to fictional character Hopalong Cassidy as portrayed by William Boyd.

Item Numbers:

#42) medallion,Hopalong Cassidy. #43) pin backed button, (yellow) “Tenderfoot” Hopalong Cassidy’s Saving Rodeo. #44) pin backed button, (blue) “Wrangler” Hopalong Cassidy’s Saving Rodeo. #45) pin backed button (red) “Bronc Buster” Hopalong Cassidy’s Saving Rodeo. #46) tickets (4), “Hopalong Cassidy Annual Fundraiser,” dated Sunday, May 31, 1992. #47) magazine, West: Los Angeles Times, date May 4, 1969. #48) theater card, “Boss of Hangtown Mesa,” Dated 1942. #49) collage, Boy Scouts of America “Scout -o-Rama convention” featuring William Boyd, dated Nov. 23, 1974. #50) photograph, William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy, 8 inch x 10 inch. #51) photograph,William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy with guns drawn, 8 inch x 10 inch. #52) photograph, William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy with horse Topper, 8 inch x 10 inch. #53) magazine image, Hopalong Cassidy with Topper, autographed “To My Pal, Hopalong Cassidy.” #54) photograph, Hopalong Cassidy with two additional actors, from the Autry Museum, 8 inch x 10 inch. #54) photograph, Willam Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy with actor Robert Mitchum, 8 inch x 10 inch. #55) theater card, “Border Patrol” with William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy, 1942. #56) theater card, “Hoppy Serves a Writ” with William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy, 1943. #57) record album, 33 1/3 , Carl’s Jr. Origanal Radio Broadcast, Hopalong Cassidy, 1970. #58) bill, Hopalong Cassidy play money, $100 denomination. #59) article, Look Magazine, "Public Hero No. 1". #60) magazine, "Life," William Boyd, dated June 12, 1950. [on display] #62) object - film poster, “Hoppy serves a Writ,” 1943.


  • 1942 - 1974

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This collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical


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 later revised and republished his earlier works to be more consistent with the character's new, polished on-screen persona.

The sixty-six Hopalong Cassidy pictures were filmed by independent producers who released the films through the studios. Most of the "Hoppies," as the films were known, were distributed by Paramount Pictures to highly favorable returns. They were noted for their fast action and excellent outdoor photography.

The series and character were so popular that Hopalong Cassidy was featured on the cover of national magazines, such as Look, Life, and Time. Boyd earned millions as Hopalong, mostly from merchandise licensing and endorsement deals. In 1950, Hopalong Cassidy was featured on the first lunchbox to bear an image, causing sales for Aladdin Industries to jump from 50,000 units to 600,000 units in just one year. In stores, more than 100 companies in 1950 manufactured $70 million of Hopalong Cassidy products, including children's dinnerware, pillows, roller skates, soap, wristwatches, and jackknives.

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William Boyd was born on June 5, 1895 in Hendrysburg, Ohio. He was reared in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the son of day laborer Charles William Boyd and his wife, the former Lida Wilkens. Following his father's death, he moved to California and worked as an orange picker, surveyor, tool dresser and auto salesman.

In Hollywood, he found extra work in film and became famous as a leading man in silent film romances, earning an annual salary of $100,000. He was the lead actor in Cecil B. DeMille's The Volga Boatman (1926) and DeMille's extravaganza, The King of Kings. He also appeared in D.W. Griffith's, Lady of the Pavements (1929).

In 1935, he won the role of Hop-Along Cassidy, which he is most known for, staring in 66 films, ending in 1947. In 1949, Boyd purchased the rights to the Hopalong Cassidy character, books and films and released the films to television, where they became extremely popular and began the long-running genre of Westerns on television.

Boyd was married five times, first to Laura Maynard and then to actresses Ruth Miller, Elinor Fair, Dorothy Sebastian and Grace Bradley. Following his retirement from the screen, Boyd invested both his time and money in real estate and moved to Palm Desert, California. For his contribution to the motion picture industry, he was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

He refused interviews and photographs in later years, preferring not to disillusion his millions of fans who remembered him as their screen idol. Boyd died in 1972 in Laguna Beach, California, from complications from Parkinson's disease and heart failure. He was buried in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. He was survived by his fifth wife, actress Grace Bradley Boyd, who died on September 21, 2010.

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From the Collection: 2 Linear Feet (1 Box, 6 objects)

Language of Materials


Container Summary

(2 boxes, 1 folder, 1 object)

Repository Details

Part of the Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives, Leatherby Libraries Repository

Chapman University
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