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Billy the Kid Returns (1938)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Music, Romance  |  4 September 1938 (USA)
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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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Robert Emmett Keane ...
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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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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]
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When the Sun is Setting on the Prairie
Written by Eddie Cherkose and Alberto Colombo
Sing by Roy Rogers
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Typical But Enjoyable Roy Rodgers Vehicle
11 February 2010 | by (The Lonesome Prairie) – See 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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