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Lightnin' Bill Carson (1936)

Approved | | Western | 15 April 1936 (USA)
A lawman captures the notorious "Pecos Kid", who is tried and hanged for his crimes--then starts to have doubts as to whether the Kid actually committed the crimes.



(original story) (as Arthur Durlan)

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Complete credited cast:
Dolores Costello
Rex Lease ...
Pecos Kid
'Silent'Tom Rand
Karl Hackett ...
John Merton ...
Joseph W. Girard ...
John Mount (as Joseph Girard)
Lafe McKee ...


When Stone's men rob the stage, Deputy Bates catches Breed Hawkins only to be killed by him. Stone makes a drunken Pecos Kid think he did it. Bill Carson gets a confession that Breed was the killer but it comes too late as the Sheriff and his posse had already hung the Kid. When the Kid's brother takes revenge by killing the posse and the Sheriff, Bill heads out to face him. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Following Breed Hawkins tearing the letter meant for Carson in half and discarding it, Pecos Kid rides over directly to one piece of paper. In the next shot he is leading his horse on foot to the paper and despite the other half only being a few feet away, he completely ignores it. See more »


Remade as Billy the Kid in Santa Fe (1941) See more »

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"They say white horses are lucky".
6 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If I knew how many Ace of Spades were going to show up in the story I would have kept count. They were all over the place, and as far as I can recall, card cheat Pecos Kid (Rex Lease) only had one fixed deck.

You know, once the picture was over and I began thinking about it, I couldn't come up with a central plot element that made the story work. Breed Hawkins (John Merton) never delivered the letter to Marshal Bill Carson (Tim McCoy) requesting he name his own ticket to be sheriff of San Jacinto. Carson, for his part, ordered Pecos Kid out of Blue Gap, even though they had some connection in the past and Carson liked him personally. That pretty much sums it up for me, but then for some reason, Carson decided to follow Pecos, not knowing he was headed for San Jacinto. My question then is, what would have been the point of that? Pecos wasn't going anywhere in particular until Breed Hawkins enticed him with a gambling proposition. But to my mind, there was no particular reason I can think of for Carson to follow The Kid in the first place since he just ran him out of town. Am I missing something?

Here's something else that wasn't thought through very well - when Silent Tom Rand (Harry Worth) has that 'Vertigo' style flashback, he envisions his brother (who happens to be the Pecos Kid) being hung by the sheriff's posse, just the way it happened. But he wasn't there! I recall a similar scene in a 1961 sci-fi flick, "The Phantom Planet". It makes me wonder why it never struck the film makers that you can't have a memory of something that you didn't experience - very baffling.

I'll give the picture a bonus point though for the creative ending in which Silent Tom paid for his role in avenging his brother's death. You knew that Marshal Lightnin' would have to go after him, but the kicker was that Tom had emptied his six-gun. It seemed to me that Carson didn't feel all that bad about it.

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