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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 »

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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 »

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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

The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. 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

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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
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Sung by Roy Rogers
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Typical But Enjoyable Roy Rodgers Vehicle
11 February 2010 | by FightingWesternerSee all my reviews

Sheriff Pat Garrett corners and kills Billy the kid. The next day, lookalike Roy Rodgers rides into town and is immediately mistaken for the outlaw, who's death has yet to be reported. Roy's then pressed into service by Garrett, who wants him to take the place of Billy in a range war pitting ruthless ranchers against the homesteaders that the late kid had intervened on behalf of.

This second starring vehicle for Rodgers is decent enough, with lots of great songs from Roy and sidekick Smiley Burnette. He still hadn't quite gotten the hang of the acting profession, with a less sure Rodgers delivering his lines in a slightly different tone of voice!

This was the first of three times that Roy played a dual role in his films, the second being 1941's Jesse James At Bay and the third being 1942's Sunset On The Desert.


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