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Monday, March 19, 1951

LONG VALLEY --- In Hollywood this week they’re going to pass out Oscars to the best movies of 1950 and the people who made them.

Not taking anything away from the fine actors and actresses who are up for Academy Awards, I think the performances I liked best last year were turned in by animals. I’m not trying to be funny about the invisible rabbit in “Harvey.” I’m thinking of the animals in “Beaver Valley.”

This little movie wasn’t supposed to have a “message,” but there was a pretty good lesson for all of us in the fact that the cameramen had to go ‘way back into the mountains of Montana to get their beaver pictures.

There used to be plenty of beavers in this country, but that was before the fur trappers killed most of them off and the pioneers started chopping down the forests they lived in. It was also before we had to send engineers out to build flood control dams. Beaver dams furnished most of the flood control this country needed before men started messing up the landscape.

Everybody who saw “Beaver Valley” came away with a mighty friendly feeling toward wild animals. Too bad there won’t be any Oscars for the Papa Beaver who starred in it and for the comedians, those otters who had supporting roles.

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In 1951, Hopalong Cassidy had a daily column that appeared in a number of newspapers across the country.  Sagebrush Entertainment, Inc. is pleased to share these columns with you and will present them on a weekly basis.

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