The Eagle's Brood
Harry Sherman for Paramount
directed by Howard Bretherton
starring William Boyd, James Ellison, George Hayes (= Gabby Hayes), Addison Richards, Joan Woodbury (as Nana Martinez), William Farnum, Frank Shannon, Dorothy Revier, Paul Fix, Al Lydell, John Merton, George Mari, Juan Torena, Henry Sylvester, Ralph Bucko, Roy Bucko
written by Doris Schroeder, Harrison Jacobs, based on characters created by Clarence E. Mulford, cinematography by Archie Stout
Little Pablo's (George Mari) parents are shot dead by Big Henry
(Addison Richards) and his men, only the boy is saved by Dolores (Joan
Woodbury), who is Henry's girlfriend and only later learns that he was
behind the shooting of the boy's parents.
Thing is, Pablo is the grandson of El Toro (William Farnum), an once
feared but now reformed Mexican outlaw, who wants to cross the border to
the USA to save Pablo - but lawman Hopalong Cassidy (William Boyd)
prevents him from doing so, but promises to save the boy in his stead.
Soon enough, Hopalong Cassidy has himself hired by Big Henry while
Hoppy's sidekick Johnny Nelson (James Ellison) tries his best to track
down the boy on his own, and Dolores is shot after Big Henry realizes she
doesn't want to disclose the boy's hideout. From now on, everybody's
looking for the boy, but in the end, Hoppy and Johnny with the help of Big
Henry's barman Spike (Gabby Hayes) get to the boy first and successfully
shoot it out and duke it out with Big Henry's gang, eventually throwing
Big Henry off a cliff during a fight. And in the end, Pablo can be safely
returned home to his granddad ...
Very routine series Western, there's little more to be said about the
film. On a whole it's well-crafted and looks very slick, but you'll be
hard-pressed to remember it even the next day.