The Return of Wild Bill


60m 1940

Film Details

Also Known As
Block K Rides Again
Release Date
Jun 27, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
60m
Film Length
6 reels

Synopsis

Upon learning that his father has been threatened by a gang of vigilantes who are terrorizing the honest ranchers of the territory, Wild Bill Saunders immediately returns home. His homecoming is marked by tragedy when he finds that his father had been mortally wounded minutes before his return. Before the old man dies, he tells Bill of the reign of terror being perpetrated by Matt and Jake Kilgore and their gang, who have been preying upon the local ranchers. Overcome by revenge, the peace-loving Wild Bill kills Jake and drives Matt and the rest of the gang from Ole Mitch's ranch, where plans are underway for a lynching party. In retaliation for his brother's killing, Matt plots to murder Wild Bill by posing as a sheriff and then overpowering him, but Kate Kilgore, the honest sister of the murderous brothers, overhears his plan and warns Mitch and the other ranchers, who ride to Wild Bill's rescue. In the ensuing gun battle, Kate is killed as Wild Bill disposes of the remnants of the Kilgore gang and brings peace to the territory.

Film Details

Also Known As
Block K Rides Again
Release Date
Jun 27, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
60m
Film Length
6 reels

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

The working title of this film was Block K Rides Again. It was also reviewed as Return of Wild Bill, and it was based on the original story "Block K Rides Tonight" by Walt Coburn. A Hollywood Reporter production chart includes Stanley Brown, Richard Fiske, Ray Bennett, Al Hill, Ernie Adams and John Tyrell in the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. This was the last film in Columbia's "Wild Bill Saunders" series. For additional information about the series, see entry above for Pioneers of the Frontier.