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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

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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King Vidor, director of mighty screen plays, has created a masterpiece of thrills, blended with a love-story of surpassing power. See more »


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18 October 1930 (USA)  »

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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 The Time Tunnel: Billy the Kid (1967) See more »

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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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Billy-- the Kid?
8 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

A strange film that is alternately stiff and fluid. Johnny MacBrown is no kid--more like 30. His acting is fairly amateurish but some lines have been well-rehearsed. Outdoor scenes are impressive but the indoor scenes are pure early-talkie confinement. Beery and the subsidiary actors seem to have the talkie thing down pat. Some of the action scenes were probably more impressive in 70mm and the outdoor recording is very good considering the sound limitations. Nasty revenge storyline where Billy justifies his many killings, but he's sure a nice guy about it. There are many killings and lots of mayhem. Some of the comedy lines between Mr. Butterworth and Mr. Hatfield are incredibly corny considering the circumstances. "The Big Trail" is a much better film from the same year and is still available in its impressive 70mm version. You have to really like westerns to appreciate "Billy The Kid", but there are lots of devoted followers.


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