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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 »


Joseph Kane (as Joe Kane)


Jack Natteford (original screenplay)




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


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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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 »


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

Opening card: In the history of New Mexico appears the name of "Billy the Kid" -- a bandit, who at the age of twenty had a record of twenty-one killings. See more »

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 »


Referenced in Decoys 2: Alien Seduction (2007) See more »


When I Camped Under the Stars
Written by Tim Spencer
Sung by Roy Rogers
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His Robin Hood ways
12 June 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

For Roy Rogers second starring feature Republic Pictures had him play Billy The Kid in Billy The Kid Returns. He also plays a nice chap named Roy Rogers who wants to become a deputy sheriff to Pat Garrett.

When the film opens we see Roy as Billy breaking out of that famous shootout at McSween's store and later shot down by Pat Garrett played here by Wade Boteler. But Roy as Roy arrives from Texas and is mistaken for the notorious outlaw. As he's a good guy Garrett keeps up the deception as Billy continues his Robin Hood ways of helping the homesteaders and robbing the cattle barons to do it All this is winked at by Boteler because he's under pressure to protect the new settlers.

In the end through the aid of Smiley Burnette on loan from Gene Autry films and playing his Frog Millhouse character Garrett and Rogers find a way to get the cattlemen good and nailed for their crimes. In the meantime Roy finds a bit of romance with Lynne Roberts the storekeeper's daughter. Roberts would be Roy's leading lady in most of his early films.

A couple of nice western ballads are included for Roy in this second film which proved that his success in Under Western Stars was not a flash in the pan.

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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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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