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Return of the Frontiersman (1950)

Passed | | Western | 24 June 1950 (USA)
A sheriff's son is falsely accused of murder, and a friend determines to clear his name and find the real killer.


Richard L. Bare (as Richard Bare)


Edna Anhalt (story and screenplay)




Cast overview:
Gordon MacRae ... Logan Barrett
Julie London ... Janie Martin
Rory Calhoun ... Larrabee
Jack Holt ... Sheriff Sam Barrett
Fred Clark ... Ryan
Edwin Rand Edwin Rand ... Kearney
Raymond Bond Raymond Bond ... Dr. J.A. Martin
John Doucette ... Evans
Matt McHugh Matt McHugh ... Harvey - Deputy
Britt Wood Britt Wood ... Barney
Dan White ... Nicol


A sheriff's son is falsely accused of murder, and a friend determines to clear his name and find the real killer.

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One gun to fight with ... one girl to fight for ...




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Alexis Smith was suspended by Warner Brothers when she refused the role of Janie Martin. See more »


Soon after shooting from the rock which the hero used as cover (which incidentally moved when he leaned on it) a bad guy bullet ricocheted off it It appears to have left a hole. Subsequent views of the rock reveals that the ricochet scar (hole) has disappeared. See more »


Underneath a Western Sky
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
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Man on a Pinto Horse
7 July 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Return Of The Frontiersman casts Gordon MacRae as the brawling son of sheriff Jack Holt who has to arrest Gordon after a saloon brawl with a local tough. Holt gives his son 10 days to think it over. But when after his sentence is done and the man who MacRae brawled with winds up dead and a rider later seen committing crimes on a pinto horse like MacRae rides, he's got himself quite a jackpot. Holt doesn't like it, but he's an honest sheriff of the frontier.

To not keep Gordon MacRae from using his singing voice would have been a crime itself so Jack Warner allowed a cowboy ballad for Gordon to sing while in the calaboose. He also gives Julie London to him as a leading lady. She gets kind of drafted into helping him the same way Madeline Carroll was drafted to helping Robert Donat in The 39 Steps. Alas though Julie London sings not a note.

Return Of The Frontiersman was the kind of film that Warner Brothers wasn't known for making, a B picture western which they hadn't done too much of since Dick Foran was their singing cowboy in the late Thirties. MacRae sits the saddle well as he would later in Oklahoma.

Nice and fast moving is Return Of The Frontiersman although anyone should be able to figure out just who put MacRae in the jackpot.

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Release Date:

24 June 1950 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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