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The Return of Daniel Boone (1941)

Approved | | Western | 7 May 1941 (USA)
Leach Kilgrain has a plan to gain control of all the ranches in Pecos. His unscrupulous Mayor Ewell boosts taxes higher than the ranchers can pay, and Kilgrain plans to buy the land cheaply... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Ellen Brandon
Leach Killgrain
Walter Soderling ...
Mayor Elwell
Jeb Brandon
Henchman Red
Bowers, Henchman
Tax Collector Fuller
Tom Carter ...
Wagner, Rancher
Henderson, Rancher
Singer Melinda (as The Rodik Twins)
Singer Matilda (as The Rodik Twins)


Leach Kilgrain has a plan to gain control of all the ranches in Pecos. His unscrupulous Mayor Ewell boosts taxes higher than the ranchers can pay, and Kilgrain plans to buy the land cheaply at foreclosure sales. Ellen Brandon rebels and shoots the tax collector Fuller when he visits her father, Jeb Brandon. While running from Kilgrain's henchie posse, she encounters Wild Bill Boone, grandson of the famous Daniel Boone, and forces him to change horses with her. Bill rides into Pecos and Kilgrain, knowing his reputation as a gunfighter, offers Bill the job of tax collector, and Bill accepts with the intention of getting evidence against kilgrain and the Mayor. He wires his friend Cannonball to bring a large amount of money to Pecos. Bill marks the money and gives it to the Mayor, saying it represents taxes he has collected. Meanwhile, Cannonball has his own problems as he is pursued by twins Melinda and Matilda and he thinks they are the same girl. Bill, gets the evidence he needs when ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A RARIN' TEARIN' WILDCAT! That's Wild Bill...whose as handy with his fists as his six-guns! (original poster) See more »




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Release Date:

7 May 1941 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of over a hundred Columbia features, mostly Westerns, sold to Hygo Television Films in the 1950s, who marketed them under the name of Gail Pictures; opening credits were redesigned, with some titles misspelled, the credit order of the players rearranged, some names misspelled, and new end titles attached, thus eliminating any evidence of their Columbia roots. Apparently, the original material was not retained in most of the cases, and the films have survived, even in the Sony library, only with these haphazardly created replacement opening and end credits. See more »


Leach Killgrain: I'm Killgrain. I own this place.
Bill Boone: Boone is my name.
Leach Killgrain: The grandson of Daniel Boone? I hear you take after him in lots of ways.
Bill Boone: That's right... he was a peaceable man and so am I am.
[Leach nods towards the two henchmen Bill has just beaten in a brawl]
Leach Killgrain: Yeah, I noticed that.
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Beware of the Company You Keep
Played on the accordian and sung by Dub Taylor
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Increasing taxes exponentially
11 September 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The citizens of this part of the west would scoff at Oliver Wendell Holmes's dictum that taxes are the price we pay for living in a free society. Not when the government is run by a lot of crooks who've found a new racket. Just tax the citizens to death.

Ray Bennett who has the mayor and sheriff in his pocket just has them increase taxes exponentially on the citizens and when they don't cough up the tribute just seize their land and sell it.

That's what Bill Elliott is in town to prove with the help of trusty sidekick Dub Taylor is trying to prove. Elliott is Wild Bill Boone in this film the grandson of Daniel Boone, hence the title The Return Of Daniel Boone.

Watching this all I can say is that the message about government and taxes is one that should resonate with all right wing audiences. For all that it's an entertaining western with Cannonball Taylor being the object of the affection of a pair of man hungry twins.

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