Everyone is singing...
The 1953 musical, "Calamity Jane" starring Doris Day, was "only a movie." Yet the 2004 film "Hidalgo" starring Viggo Mortensen is advertised as being "based on a true story." The difference is that Calamity Jane really did have equestrian adventures, ride in Wyoming, and meet Buffalo Bill Cody - three things no one can prove Frank Hopkins ever did. We should be concerned when a happy-go-lucky Doris Day musical contains more fact than a mislabeled $80 million horse opera.
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New! 2014: Walt Disney and Hidalgo – A Decade of Deceit
The Press isn't buying Disney's "true story"
Named and Shamed: a list of reporters and publications - including USA Today, the Chicago Sun Times, and Western Horseman - who failed to check the facts!
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The book Hollywood doesn't want you to read!
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Hidalgo and Other Stories by Frank
It started as a search for heroes.
It became a hunt for the most elusive equestrian charlatan of all time.
If Frank Hopkins is to be believed, he led one of the most exciting, challenging and colorful (albeit unrecorded) lives in the late nineteenth century. No one rode more miles, eluded more danger, or befriended more famous people than he did.
During the 1930s and 40s the self-proclaimed legend told a naïve American public that he had won nearly five hundred endurance races, including an imaginary race across Arabia on a mythical mustang named “Hidalgo.”
Hopkins’ remarkable career supposedly began when he became a dispatch rider for the US government on his twelfth birthday in 1877. According to his mythology, this Renaissance Man of the Old West went on to work as a buffalo hunter, Indian fighter, African explorer, endurance racer, trick rider, bounty hunter, Rough Rider, big game guide, secret agent, Pinkerton detective and star of the Wild West show.
Experts beg to differ.
This book contains an unprecedented study, undertaken by more than seventy experts in five countries, ranging from the Curator of the Buffalo Bill Museum to the former Sultan of Yemen. These academics investigated the historical improbability of Hopkins’ claims and weighed him on his merit, not his myth.
The resulting exhaustive study revealed that Hopkins had maintained a spirited disregard for the truth, plagiarized material from famous authors, slandered genuine American heroes and perpetrated a massive fraud for nearly one hundred years.
Far from being the star of Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West show for 32 years, for example, the counterfeit cowboy was discovered working as a subway tunnel digger in Philadelphia and a horse-handler for Ringling Brothers Circus.
It is his endurance racing pretensions, however, that have brought Hopkins his greatest notoriety and made him the hero of a Hollywood movie. Yet there is not even a documented photograph of Frank Hopkins in the saddle!
Here then are all the known writings of Frank T. Hopkins, published in their entirety for the first time in history.
Please note that this title is normally shipped within 3 to 5 working days from the date of order.
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