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Billy the Kid Returns (1938)

After Pat Garrett kills Billy the Kid, Billy's look-alike Roy Rogers arrives and is mistaken for him. Although a murderer, Billy was on the side of the homesteaders against the large ... See full summary »

Director:

Joseph Kane (as Joe Kane)

Writer:

Jack Natteford (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Roy Rogers ... Roy Rogers / Billy the Kid
Smiley Burnette ... Frog Millhouse
Lynne Roberts ... Ellen Moore (as Mary Hart)
Morgan Wallace ... J. B. Morganson
Fred Kohler ... Matson (as Fred Kohler Sr.)
Wade Boteler ... Sheriff Pat Garrett
Edwin Stanley Edwin Stanley ... Nathaniel Moore
Horace Murphy ... Mr. Miller - Homesteader
Joseph Crehan ... U.S. Marshal Dave Conway
Robert Emmett Keane ... Mr. Page
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Storyline

After Pat Garrett kills Billy the Kid, Billy's look-alike Roy Rogers arrives and is mistaken for him. Although a murderer, Billy was on the side of the homesteaders against the large ranchers. As Billy's death is unknown, Roy gets Garrett to let him pose as Billy to continue the fight, but without the killing. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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MARSHAL of LAW...MASTER of MEN...he fights for right and the girl he loves! (original poster)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Billy the Kid kehrt zurück See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

An LA Times print ad dated 9/5/1938 shows that this film had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Orpheum Theater on that date on a double bill with I'll Give a Million (1938), with a personal appearance by Roy Rogers, "Acclaimed the Screen's Greatest Find of the Year, Singing the Songs of the West ... The Songs You Love Best!" See more »

Quotes

Roy Rogers: These men claim that I'm Billy the Kid and it ain't so.
[Points to Frog]
Roy Rogers: Right here's a man who knows me.
Henchman: Yeah, well who knows him?
[Frog points to Roy]
Frog Millhouse: Well he does.
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Crazy Credits

Opening card: In the history of New Mexico appears the name of "Billy the Kid" -- a bandit, who at the age of twenty had a record of twenty-one killings. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 2004 UK Instant Vision DVD was intact. However when the film was re-released by Classic Entertainment the following year it lost 7 secs of a horse falling from a cliff into a river. See more »

Connections

Featured in Legends of the West (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

When I Camped Under the Stars
Written by Tim Spencer
Sung by Roy Rogers
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Entertaining Spin on History
19 April 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Billy the Kid Returns (1938)

*** (out of 4)

Pat Garrett kills Billy the Kid (Roy Rogers) but in another town a lookalike named Roy Rogers shows up and is mistaken as the real person. Rogers agrees to pretend to be Billy the Kid so that he can uncover a group of bad guys trying to steal land from the poor. This here was one of Rogers earliest films and as many reviewers pointed out at the time, there's really no question that crowds would enjoy his brand of singing and acting and it was clear that his personality jumped right off the screen and he was perfect for this type of character. He has to play pretty much two different roles here and I thought Rogers did a very good job with each of them. This includes playing a bad guy with no heart in Billy and the good guy who cares about those around him. Smiley Burnette gets the role of the sidekick and he too is charming in the film and adds some nice humor. Lynne Roberts plays the love interest and nearly steals each scene that she's in. She's plays the hard-working daughter of a hard-working store owner who just knows that Rogers isn't a bad guy. She's quite attractive to look at but she also gives a performance that comes across quite soft and charming. There's plenty of action to be had here and the majority of the gunfights are good, well-staged and entertaining. I'd also say that the cinematography is much better than you'd expect from this type of low-budget Western. Just check out the early scenes inside the house that is on fire. There's a shot of Billy the Kid firing guns with the fire and smoke behind him and it's a very good looking shot. Fans of Rogers will certainly find this to be one of his better films even if it's certainly not worth viewing as any type of history lesson on the real Billy the Kid.


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