William Boyd was born in Ohio in 1895 and was raised in the Tulsa, OK area. He came to Hollywood in 1918 and became a leading man during the silent era, with his best work done for Cecil B. DeMille. Boyd’s first foray as Hoppy came in 1935, the same year Republic Pictures was formed.
A line from John Ford’s The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance goes, “This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.”
There was a moment in time when Bill Boyd ceased being Bill Boyd and simply became Hoppy, the legend–at least for the rest of us. Not a bad way to go.
Our feature for Thursday, January 17 is Three Men From Texas with Hopalong Cassidy (William Boyd), Russell Hayden and Andy Clyde.
We will also view chapters 4 and 5 of the Gene Autry serial, The Phantom Empire and we’ll see Crooked Trail with Johnny Mack Brown to round out the evening.
See you there!
– The Old Cowpoke and The Latigo Kid