After Brawley kills his boss Mort Saunders, he and his men take control of all the ranches in the valley. When Wild Bill arrives to help the ranchers he is thrown in jail by the crooked Sheriff.



(original story), (screenplay)


Complete credited cast:
Joan Darcey (as Linda Winters)
Dick Curtis ...
Matt Brawley
Cannonball Simms
Stanley Brown ...
Henchman Dave
Richard Fiske ...
Henchman Bart
Carl Stockdale ...
Jim Darcey
Lafe McKee ...
Mort Saunders
Ralph McCullough ...
Lem Watkins
Al Bridge ...
Marshal Larsen


Mort Saunders (Lafe McKee), owner of the million-and-a-half acre Rancho del Norte, is killed and the property is taken over by his foreman, Matt Brawley (Dick Curtis), who rules like a tyrant. Settler Jim Darcey (Carl Stockdale) protests Brawley's highhanded methods and is also murdered. His daughter, Joan (Dorothy Comingore as Linda Winters), writes to Wild Bill Saunders (Bill Elliott), the dead owner's nephew and real heir to the ranch, urging him to return. Brawley and his henchmen declare that Wild Bill will never set foot on the property. Written by Les Adams <>

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A Wild Bill Saunders Adventure See more »


Romance | Western






Release Date:

14 February 1940 (USA)  »

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The Anchor  »

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A Peaceable Man Gets Riled
24 June 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Wild Bill Elliott is playing Wild Bill Saunders once again in Pioneers Of The Frontier. This story has Saunders coming in to avenge the death of his uncle at the hands of perennial western villain Dick Curtis who was foreman of the uncle's vast Ponderosa like holdings.

The uncle played by Lafe McKee has an interesting scheme whereby he has pieces of his real estate leased by various small farmers and ranchers to make a go of it as he can't possibly oversee the whole thing himself. Something Ben Cartwright sure never tried. But Curtis murders both McKee and Carl Stockdale the lessee of one of the tracts. His daughter is Dorothy Comingore who gets interested in Wild Bill as a savior and maybe a husband.

As Elliott was McKee's nephew and closest heir it seemed to me that if he shows up and says to Curtis and his gun-hands to just clear out that would be all that was needed. But Curtis is far more megalomaniacal than he usually is as a villain and he likes running things even if he hasn't the semblance of a legal title to anything.

That makes Pioneers Of The Frontier a bit hard to swallow. But I'm sure the Saturday matinée kids didn't care at all in 1940.

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