Elliott plays Joe Daniels, who's simultaneously confronted with the news that his brother is dead and that the brother was a bad man. Joe refuses to believe his brother could have been a crook and will brawl with anyone who says so.
Joe's brother was killed in Kansas, where Joe is wanted on a wrongful charge stemming from his having fought for the Confederacy. He returns to Kansas anyway to solve his brother's death. Thanks to the advocacy of a marshal (John Hart) Joe receives a pardon, but while that aspect of his life is cleared up, Joe also comes to the sad realization that his brother deserved killing.
It's a good part for Elliott; he doesn't have much acting range so playing a character who is grimly stoic and determined works well for him. The lively Peggy Stewart makes a good foil for Elliott, as an energetic young lady who doesn't hesitate to pick up a rifle and chase off a passel of bad guys when needed.
Fans will be glad to hear I was told just today that Stewart, who is in her 90s, enjoys good health and is still a vivacious and enthusiastic lady!
KANSAS TERRITORY has a good cast; it's deep enough that Lyle Talbot, who has several scenes as Stewart's wheelchair-bound father, didn't even make the top 14 names in the credits! There are lots of familiar Western faces including Lane Bradford, House Peters Jr., I. Stanford Jolley, Marshall Reed, Fuzzy Knight, William Fawcett, and Stanley Andrews.
Daniel B. Ullman, whose name turns up time and again in my recent viewing, wrote the script of this 65-minute film. The movie was directed by Lewis D. Collins and filmed by Ernest Miller.
Monogram Pictures originally distributed KANSAS TERRITORY in sepia tone, but the DVD is a nice crisp black and white print. There are no extras.
I previously reviewed another film in the set, THE FORTY-NINERS (1954); watch for more Elliott Western reviews in the future. Based on watching two of the films to date, I'd say this set is a must for Elliott fans, who will really enjoy watching nice prints.
Thanks to the Warner Archive for providing a review copy of this DVD collection. Warner Archive releases are MOD (manufactured on demand) and may be ordered from the Warner Archive Collection at the WBShop.