by Aladdin, 1950
Hopalong Cassidy, Aladdin, 1950, the very
first pictured box. $550.
Hopalong Cassidy bottle, Aladdin, 1950,
Hopalong Cassidy, Aladdin, this is the first
full litho lunch box, Aladdin, 1954, $850.
Hopalong Cassidy Bottle, Aladdin, Aladdin,
Cassidy is a cowboy hero, created in 1904 by Clarence E. Mulford,
who wrote a series of popular stories and twenty-eight novels. (At
the time Mulford invented the character, the name of the
historical American outlaw Butch Cassidy had been before readers
of newspapers in recent years.)
In his early print appearances, the character
appears as a rude, dangerous and rough-talking "galoot". Beginning
in 1935, the character, played by William Boyd, was transformed
into the clean-cut hero of a series of 66 immensely popular films,
only a few of which relied on Mulford's works for more than the
character. Mulford actually rewrote his earlier stories to fit the
movie conception; these led in turn to a comic book series modeled
after the films.
resumed production himself in 1946, on lower budgets, and
continued through 1948, when "B" westerns in general were being
phased out. Boyd thought that Hopalong Cassidy might have a future
in television, spent $350,000 to obtain the rights to his old
films, and approached the fledgling NBC television network. The
initial broadcasts were so successful that NBC couldn't wait for a
television series to be produced, and simply re-edited the old
feature films down to broadcast length. On June 24, 1949, Hopalong
Cassidy became the first network Western television series.
William Lawrence Boyd (June 5, 1895 –
September 12, 1972) was an American film actor best known for
portraying Hopalong Cassidy.