Pic of the Day: “Grubstake” revisited

In observation of the birthday anniversary of William Boyd, born this date in 1895 (!), we present another pic from the Hopalong Cassidy episode “Grubstake”. It debuted on February 5, 1954. Dan Warner the blacksmith confers with Hoppy and Bummer Lowe (Percy Helton).

Grubstake - 1954

As I’ve mentioned here previously, Boyd hit paydirt after a successful silent film career when he was offered the role of Sheriff Hopalong Cassidy in 1935. He portrayed Hoppy in films, on radio and on television for the next 18 years. In 1948 he became one of the first actors to purchase the rights to all of his films, enabling him to retire in 1953 at age 58. He was married 5 times, and passed away in 1972 from complications due to heart failure and Parkinson’s disease.

Pic of the Day: “Grubstake” revisited

Today we take another gander at the Hopalong Cassidy episode “Grubstake,” which was first broadcast on February 5, 1954. Dan Warner, the town blacksmith, is being recruited by Hopalong (William Boyd) for an important assignment.

Grubstake - 1954

There has been talk for years concerning a new film version of Hopalong Cassidy, but nothing has materialized as of yet. I for one would welcome a sincere, non-jokey reboot of the “good guy in black.”

Pic of the Day: “Grubstake” revisited

Today’s pic revisits “Grubstake,” the episode of the Hopalong Cassidy television series that first aired on February 5, 1954. Blacksmith Dan Warner is discussing something very important with Bummer Lowe (Percy Helton) and Hoppy himself (William Boyd).

Grubstake - 1954

After a successful career as a romantic leading man in the silents, Boyd found himself adrift when talkies took over. He struck gold when he was offered the role of  Sheriff Hopalong Cassidy in 1935. He portrayed Hoppy in films, on radio and on television for the next 18 years. In 1948 he became one of the first actors to purchase the rights to all of his films, enabling him to retire in 1953 at age 58. He was married 5 times, and passed away in 1972 from complications due to heart failure and Parkinson’s disease.

Pic of the Day: “Grubstake” revisited

On this sunny Tuesday morning, we take another look at the Hopalong Cassidy episode “Grubstake,” which was first broadcast on February 5, 1954. Timothy, Robert Paquin and Gladys George are making sure that an ailing Percy Helton doesn’t strain himself too much while he’s laid up with God knows what.

Grubstake

Gladys George enjoyed a long career as one of Hollywood’s most reliable character actors. You probably remember her most as Miles Archer’s drama-queen widow in The Maltese Falcon (1941). Sadly, her performance in “Grubstake” was her last. She died in December of that same year, after years of health problems.