Hop Harrigan (serial)
Hop Harrigan (aka Hop Harrigan America's Ace of the Airways) (1946) is a Columbia film serial, based on the Hop Harrigan comic books by DC Comics. The serial comprised 15 two-reel chapters with Derwin Abrahams as the director, and Sam Katzman, the producer. Columbia Pictures was one of the last Hollywood studios to continue in postwar years with the serial format. By 1947, Universal Pictures discontinued their serials, with only Republic Pictures and Columbia continuing with serials. The last serial was Columbia's Blazing the Overland Trail (1956).
|Directed by||Derwin Abrahams|
|Produced by||Sam Katzman|
|Written by||Jon L. Blummer (adapted from the comic strip by)|
Ande Lamb (original screenplay)
George H. Plympton (original screenplay)
Hop Harrigan comic strip
Robert "Buzz" Henry
|Music by||Lee Zahler|
|Cinematography||Ira H. Morgan|
|Edited by||Earl Turner|
Sam Katzman Productions
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|2 reels: 30 minutes (15 chapter serial)|
Hop Harrigan (William Bakewell), a top Air Corps pilot, leaves the military and he and his mechanic, "Tank" Tinker (Sumner Getchell), open up a small charter air service. They are hired by J. Westly Arnold (Emmett Vogan) to fly an inventor, Dr. Tabor (John Merton), to his secret laboratory, where he is working on a new and powerful energy machine.
A mysterious villain named "The Chief Pilot" (Wheeler Oakman), however, is also determined to have the new energy machine for his own purposes. He uses a destructive raygun to cripple Hop's aircraft and kidnaps Dr. Tabor. Hop and Tank, aided by Gail Nolan (Jennifer Holt) and her younger brother, Jackie (Robert "Buzz" Henry), finally overcome the criminals only find a bigger threat to them all within their group.
Dr. Tabor is insane and has a hideous plan to destroy the earth. Only Hop can stop him.
- William Bakewell as Hop Harrigan
- Jennifer Holt as Gail Nolan
- Robert "Buzz" Henry as Jackie Nolan
- Sumner Getchell as "Tank" Tinker
- Emmett Vogan as J. Westly Arnold
- Claire James as Gwen Arnold
- John Merton as Dr. Tobor
- Wheeler Oakman as Alex Ballard/The Chief Pilot
- Ernie Adams as Retner
- Peter Michael as Mark Craven
- Terry Frost as Barry
- Anthony Warde as Edwards
- Jackie Moran as Fraser
- Bobby Stone as Gray
- Jack Buchanon as Deputy Sheriff
Hop Harrigan was based on Jon l. Blummer's All-American Comics and associated radio series. The serial featured location shooting at an airport, but relied heavily on studio sets. The aircraft in Hop Harrigan included a Boeing-Stearman Kaydet, Bellanca Cruisair and a Stinson Junior.
Author and film critic, Andrew C. Cline wrote in In the Nick of Time (1984) that Hop Harrigan is "... a fairly action-filled cliffhanger...[and the] action was well paced, making this chapterplay as convincing and successful as it was meant to be."
- Farmer 1984, p. 315.
- Rainey 2010, p. 114. Retrieved: April 26, 2018.
- Weiss and Gooddold 1973, p. III.
- Cline 1984, p. 243.
- Cline 1984, p. 31.
- Weiss and Gooddold 1973, p. 257.
- "Hop Harrigan Chapter 01: A Mad Mission -- ComicWeb Serial Cliffhanger Theater." dailymotion.com, 2019. Retrieved: July 7, 2019.
- Cline, William C. "Chapter 3. The Six Faces of Adventure", In the Nick of Time. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., 1984, ISBN 978-0-89950-101-7.
- Farmer, James H. Celluloid Wings: The Impact of Movies on Aviation (1st ed.). Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania: TAB Books 1984. ISBN 978-0-83062-374-7.
- Rainey, Buck. Serials and Series: A World Filmography, 1912–1956. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2010. ISBN 978-1-47660-448-0.
- Weiss, Ken and Ed Goodgold. To be Continued ...: A Complete Guide to Motion Picture Serials. New York: Bonanza Books, 1973. ISBN 0-517-166259.
- Hop Harrigan on IMDb
- Hop Harrigan at the TCM Movie Database
- Hop Harrigan at AllMovie
- Hop Harrigan at AllMovie
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