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Billy the Kid (1930)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Western | 18 October 1930 (USA)
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 overview, first billed only:
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Billy the Kid (as John Mack Brown)
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Swenson
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Tunston
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Angus Mc Sween
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Mrs. Mc Sween (as Blanche Frederici)
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Old Stuff (as Rosco Ates)
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Bob Ballinger (as Warner P. Richmond)
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Donovan (as James Marcus)
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Hatfield
Jack Carlyle ...
Dick Brewer
John Beck ...
Butterworth
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Santiago (as Chris Martin)
Marguerita Padula ...
Nicky Whoosiz
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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 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

Although he's fourth billed, most of Karl Dane's scenes wound up deleted from the final release print. See more »

Connections

Version of Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Chopsticks
(1877) (uncredited)
Music by Euphemia Allen
Played on piano by Nelson McDowell and Johnny Mack Brown
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this film has aged like a great wine.
16 February 2007 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

If you look at this film as the story of Billy you will be disappointed because it will seem naive and unrealistic. But the greatness lies in everything else. The panoramic views of the covered wagons and the scenery of New Mexico where it was actually filmed. The town people, especially the women and how they cope with the Lincoln County war that was going on. The characters of Tunston and his partner McSween, good hearted men, against the cruel Donovan, who practically owns the town and reminds one of Judge Roy Bean. The scene where Gov. Lew Wallace shows up with the army to talk to Billy. Happy moments like when Billy is dancing. Wallace Beery is an interesting Pat Garret and Johnny McBrown has a good performance as Billy, whose's guns are the ones he used in the film. Movies have evolved technically throughout the years, but a western made in 1930 tells a story in a much better way then most films nowadays. When I saw this film the credits showed the name as "The Highwayman Rides", but I guess it was changed after.


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