Early Television Memories
Issue Date: August 11, 2009
City: North Hollywood, CA
“When I was a kid, every Saturday we’d go to see ‘Hopalong Cassidy’ flicks and watch his shows. Oh, he was so handsome, with his white hair and he’d always do what was right. I loved his horse, Topper. But he never kissed the girl. It was so tame compared to today, but I’d still rather my grandkids watch it. It was corny, but fun.” – Joyce P.
In early television, heroes wore white and bad guys wore black – a simple, but effective imagery. Not so for Hopalong Cassidy. In the rough-and-tumble West, black-clad Cassidy was a model of virtue. He didn’t drink, smoke, or swear. He was always polite to the ladies, and used proper grammar. He had gleaming white hair even as a young man, and wore a black hat. “Hoppy” and his companions protected folks from cattle rustlers and outlaw gangs, providing a standard of decency in the untamed West that was also a model for his young, modern viewers.