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(Courtesy of Minard Coons)

Above is William Boyd and his hoss Topper.  The story is that Boyd's wife, Grace Bradley Boyd, selected the horse's name because she liked the TOPPER books (or films) that were authored by Thorne Smith.
 

(Courtesy of Dale Crawford and Jim Sorensen)

Above is the marker for Hoppy's horse Topper, who is buried at the Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park in Calabasas, California. The park is called S.O.P.H.I.E. (Save Our Pets' History in Eternity).



(Courtesy of Minard Coons)
Left is a publicity shot of Boyd during his Hoppy TV series days, circa 1949.


As a wrap-up, the basic Hopalong Cassidy statistics and trivia are:

The Motion Picture Herald and Boxoffice polls were conducted from about the mid 1930s through the mid 1950s.  With a few exceptions, the annual results would list the 'Top Ten' (or 'Top Five') cowboy film stars.  In most cases, the winners were what you would expect --- Autry, Rogers, Holt, Starrett ... and William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy.  Boyd/Hoppy consistently placed in one or both polls from 1936-1952, with the exception of the year 1951.


Popularity Rankings of William Boyd
Year Motion Picture Herald
Poll Ranking
Boxoffice
Poll Ranking
1936 4th No Survey
1937 2nd 3rd
1938 2nd 2nd
1939 2nd 2nd
1940 2nd 3rd
1941 2nd 2nd
1942 3rd 3rd
1943 2nd No Poll Conducted
1944 2nd 3rd
1945 3rd 3rd
1946 . 5th
1947 3rd 4th
1948 5th 5th
1949 7th 5th
1950 5th 4th
1951 . .
1952 10th .


    

Les Adams brought up an interesting tidbit about the billing given to the Hoppy performers.  In the early films with Jimmy Ellison, Boyd is first-billed, but Ellison gets the same sized lettering.  In the post-Ellison films, Boyd gets the dominant billing, and all the other players (like Hayden, Hayes) are in smaller letters and they're listed as being 'featured' or 'with'.



Hoppy Fan Club

Laura Bates heads up the FRIENDS OF HOPALONG CASSIDY fan club.  Membership is $20.00 per year and includes a quarterly newsletter, reprints of comic strips, membership card, special mailings and festival news.  Membership is approaching 500 - worldwide.  Send to:

Laura Bates
6310 Friendship Drive
New Concord, OH 43762-9708

Laura's e-mail address is:  LBates1205@cs.com



Lots of Hoppy Links


U.S. Television Office, Inc./Sagebrush Entertainment is the owner and copyright holder of all things Hopalong Cassidy.  At their website, you can find out more about the Cassidy character, William Boyd, the Hoppy films and radio series ... as well as ordering tapes of the movies and radio shows.  Go to: http://www.hopalong.com/home.asp

The official Hopalong Cassidy/Sagebrush Entertainment website has a list of the Hopalong Cassidy novels authored by Clarence E. Mulford as well as the later books written by Louis L'Amour: http://www.hopalong.com/novels.htm

The Louis L'Amour website includes info on the Hoppy novels authored by L'Amour (writing as Tex Burns) circa 1950: http://www.louislamour.com/novels/hopalong4byLouis.htm

Stars and Stripes is a daily newspaper published for the U.S. military, DoD civilians, contractors, and their families. Their website has several photos of Boyd, and the photo credit notes: Frankfurt, Germany, August 27, 1954: Cowboy star Bill Boyd, arriving at the Rhein-Main airport to begin a European vacation with his wife. Go to: http://www.stripes.com/blogs/archive-photo-of-the-day/archive-photo-of-the-day-1.9717/hopalong-cassidy-in-europe-1954-1.123744

There's some photos of Clarence Mulford and Cassidy novel book jackets at the Maine Memory Network:
http://www.mainememory.net/bin/Detail?ln=8675
http://www.mainememory.net/bin/Detail?ln=8661

You can view covers of the Hoppy comic books at the Grand Comicbook Database Project (GCD) website: http://www.comics.org/covers.lasso?SeriesID=10953

Wanta read one of Clarence E. Mulford's short stories on Hoppy? The Adventure House Pulp website has an Adobe Acrobat download of Mulford's "Buzz Adams Hunts Trouble" from 1935: http://www.adventurehouse.com/PDF/Western_Novel_35.02_Buzz_Adams_Hunts_Trouble.pdf

The Clan Boyd International Society has genealogy info on William Boyd: http://www.clanboyd.info/famous/hopalong/

There's a large website devoted to actress Dorothy Sebastian, whom Boyd was married to prior to Grace: http://www.dorothysebastian.com/

Charles Dudley's website on William Boyd and Hopalong Cassidy is at: http://www.hoppyandthebar-20.50megs.com

Roger Hall's Cowboy Songs Corral website has a section on Hoppy: http://www.americanmusicpreservation.com/Hoppy.htm

Rob Williams' website on Hoppy is at: http://members.tripod.com/~compmast/boyd/boyd.html

The Life Magazine website has a 1959 photo of Boyd and Grace attending the funeral of Cecil B. DeMille: http://www.life.com/image/50710704

Jim Tipton's Find A Grave website has a picture of William Boyd's final resting place at Forrest Lawn - Glendale: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=2123

and the resting place of Boyd's horse Topper at the Los Angeles Pet Cemetery: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=7667621&pt=Topper%20Cassidy

"Silents are Golden" is a website devoted to silent films, and they have several 1920s era photos of William Boyd: http://www.silentsaregolden.com/photos/photosA-C.html

Cambridge, Ohio was the boyhood home of William Boyd.  They have a Hoppy museum and also host the annual Hopalong Cassidy Festival (held the first weekend in May each year): http://www.visitguernseycounty.com

Joseph J. Caro is the author of the definitive book on Hoppy merchandise.  This link will take you to the amazon.com website with info on his Hoppy merchandise book: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0962807818

One of the many products endorsed by Boyd/Hoppy was Cass-Clay milk and dairy products, and the company's website has some info: http://www.cassclay.com/museum4.html

Another product with a Boyd/Hoppy endorsement was Burnett's Instant Pudding and the Southborough, Massachusetts Historical Society website has a copy of an ad: http://www.southboroughhistory.org/History/Burnett%20Company/Food%20Ads/Food%20Ads%20Images/81adpuddingcompress.jpg

Remember the Hoppyland amusement park? Go to:
http://www.westland.net/venicehistory/articles/hoppy.htm
http://www.lilesnet.com/memories/past/hoppyland.htm
http://www.virtualvenice.info/media/attractions.htm

During 1999, the American Film Institute (AFI) conducted a poll to determine the 'Greatest American Screen Legends'.  Not many of our cowboy heroes and heroines made the final cut, but you can see the list of the names in the poll ... such as Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Tom Mix, Gabby Hayes ... and William Boyd ... in Adobe pdf format: http://www.afi.com/Docs/100Years/stars500.pdf

There's a great photo of Boyd and Grace having dinner on the SS United States luxury liner at the Joe Rota's Gallery website. Scroll about two-thirds the way down on this webpage: http://www.ss-united-states.com/galleryvt.html

  Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has information on William Boyd, Harry Sherman, James Ellison, Russell Hayden, Gabby Hayes, Andy Clyde, Rand Brooks, and the other players.  Click below on:

William Boyd: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0101955/
Harry 'Pop' Sherman: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0792458/
James Ellison: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0255199/
Russell Hayden: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0370797/
Andy Clyde: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0167395/
George 'Gabby' Hayes: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0371025/
Rand Brooks: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0112203/
Brad King: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0454508/
Jimmy Rogers: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0736957/
George Reeves: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0001660/
and
William 'Stage' Boyd (the actor who was involved in the scandal that almost ruined William Boyd's career): http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0101954/



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