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Billy the Kid (1930)

Passed  -  Biography | Drama | Romance  -  18 October 1930 (USA)
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In this version of the Billy the Kid legend, Billy, after shooting down land baron William Donovan's henchmen for killing Billy's boss, is hunted down and captured by his friend, Sheriff ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Billy (as John Mack Brown)
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Garrett
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Claire
Karl Dane ...
Swenson
Wyndham Standing ...
Tunston
Russell Simpson ...
Mc Sween
Blanche Friderici ...
Mrs. Mc Sween (as Blanche Frederici)
Roscoe Ates ...
Old Stuff (as Rosco Ates)
Warner Richmond ...
Ballinger (as Warner P. Richmond)
James A. Marcus ...
Donovan (as James Marcus)
Nelson McDowell ...
Hatfield
Jack Carlyle ...
Brewer
John Beck ...
Butterworth
Chris-Pin Martin ...
Santiago (as Chris Martin)
Marguerita Padula ...
Nicky Whoosiz
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Storyline

In this version of the Billy the Kid legend, Billy, after shooting down land baron William Donovan's henchmen for killing Billy's boss, is hunted down and captured by his friend, Sheriff Pat Garrett. He escapes and is on his way to Mexico when Garrett, recapturing him, must decide whether to bring him in or to let him go. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Cattle-thief, outlaw, 2-gun man, Don Juan - was this the youth who ruled the lawless west with a flame-tipped gun and iron courage? See more »


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18 October 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Highwayman Rides  »

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| (Turner library print)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Famous silent screen actor and history buff,William S. Hart, was hired by the studios as a tech adviser and to coach Johnny Mack Brown for his role as Billy the Kid. During a publicity photo shoot, Brown is seen holding Hart's most prize possession from his gun collection: a revolver that once belonged to Billy the Kid. It later turned out that Mr. Hart was bamboozled, the gun was manufactured years after Billy the Kid's death. Despite not being Billy the Kid's gun, the revolver continued to be on display at the William S. Hart Museum. In the 1990s, the museum was broken into and the entire gun collection was stolen. See more »

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Version of Billy the Kid (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Turkey in the Straw
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Traditional
Played on violin by Roscoe Ates and
Danced by Johnny Mack Brown'
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Rip Roaring Early Talkie Western
2 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Western Movie Fans are not Likely to be Disappointed in this Rowdy Shoot em' Up from 1930. It is a Big Production all around and there is Plenty of Gunplay and Wide Open Spaces, a Large and Scruffy Cast, and a Substantial Running Time.

Holding it Back from Greatness are some Stiff Dialog Scenes and a Meandering Script Peppered with Down Home Humor and an Awkward Love Story. But there are Dozens of Deaths by Gunpowder and there are a Few Striking Set Pieces.

Billy and the Gang Hold Up and Surrounded in a Cabin, Billy's Capture and Escape from the Lincoln County Jail, and a Cave Dwelling, Starving Billy the Kid forced into the Open by a Pan of Frying Bacon, Among Others.

Overall it is a Rip Roaring Western that Helped Johnny Mack Brown stay a Star and it also didn't Hurt Wallace Berry's Career as He Plays a Rather Subdued Pat Garrett.


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