Joe Daniels returns to Kansas to kill the murderer of his bother. Survivng the attempt on his life he arrives to find everyone hates him because his brother was bad. He knew his brother to ...
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Joe Daniels returns to Kansas to kill the murderer of his bother. Survivng the attempt on his life he arrives to find everyone hates him because his brother was bad. He knew his brother to be good and believes they are all mistaken. When he finally finds the killer he also now realizes the townspeople were right. His brother had gone bad and deserved to die. Written by
Maurice VanAuken <email@example.com>
"Kansas Territory is another of "Wild Bill" Elliot's films for Monogram/Allied Artists. This one has a revenge theme.
Joe Daniels (Elliott) receives news that his brother has been murdered in the town of Redding, Kansas. He immediately sets out to find his brother's killer. On the way, he is stopped by Marshal Furness (John Hart) who warns him of the consequences of his quest. His trigger happy deputy Bob Jethro (Marshall Reed) draws on Daniels but is wounded. Daniels then warns the marshal not to get in his way.
On his way to town he meets Kay Collins (Peggy Stewart) whom he questions along with her crippled father Sam Collins (Lyle Talbot) who has a personal axe to grind. They tell him of his brother's evil ways which of course Joe doesn't believe.
Daniels continues on into the town and begins to learn that his brother was not the straight laced brother he remembers. Hotel clerk Weatherbee (William Fawcett) refuses to rent him a room. Daniels is befriended by lawyer Ralph Carruthers (House Peters Jr.) who offers to have Joe stay at his place.
Joe then confronts his brother's partner in the local saloon, Slater (I. Stanford Jolley) and Bob Jethro's brother Fred (Lane Bradford) who both deny any knowledge of the murder. Meanwhile Marshal Furness goes to the Governor (Stanley Andrews) to plead for a pardon for Daniels for old war time charges in the hope that this will deter Daniels in his search for revenge.
On his way back to town with the pardon, the marshal is bush whacked by Bob Jethro. Daniels then goes back to town and confronts who he thinks is the killer, calls him out and.............................
Elliot again plays the grim faced, one track minded anti-hero that was prevalent in most of his films. At the beginning, he takes off his single holstered gun and straps on his trademark two gun belt, so you know that he means business. Plenty of action in this one. Elliott has a couple of knock down drag out fights first with stuntman Dale Van Sickle and later with Bradford. There's plenty of hard ridin' to boot.
I found the ending to be a little confusing. You don't get to see the final shoot out with the killer, so you aren't sure who shot who. I also thought by not having the brother in the cast at least at the beginning of the story, we didn't get to see him in action. And it was rather gruesome to see that no one actually checked on the marshal when he was shot to see if he was dead or not.
Others in the cast include Fuzzy Knight in a disappointing one scene appearance, Terry Frost, Lee Roberts and Stanley Price as Henchmen, and Pierce Lyden as the head of the Town Council.
And oh yes, Elliot ALMOST, ALMOST gets to kiss the heroine Stewart a no-no for "B" action heroes.
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