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The Oklahoma Kid (1939)

Approved | | History, Western | 11 March 1939 (USA)
McCord's gang robs the stage carrying money to pay Indians for their land, and the notorious outlaw "The Oklahoma Kid" Jim Kincaid takes the money from McCord. McCord stakes a "sooner" ... See full summary »

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Whip McCord
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Jane Hardwick
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Judge Hardwick
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Ned Kincaid
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John Kincaid
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Alec Martin
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Doolin
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Wes Handley
Lew Harvey ...
Curley
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Indian Jack Pasco
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Ringo
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Judge Morgan
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Hotel Clerk
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Keely
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McCord's gang robs the stage carrying money to pay Indians for their land, and the notorious outlaw "The Oklahoma Kid" Jim Kincaid takes the money from McCord. McCord stakes a "sooner" claim on land which is to be used for a new town; in exchange for giving it up he gets control of gambling and saloons. When Kincaid's father runs for mayor, McCord incites a mob to lynch the old man whom McCord has already framed for murder.. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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History | Western

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| (Ontario)

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(RCA Victor System)

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(Sepiatone)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Humphrey Bogart was widely quoted as saying that co-star James Cagney looked like "a mushroom" in his costume. See more »

Goofs

Bogart's character claims to be from "the panhandle". But in what seems like strange casting. He has a strong New York accent. See more »

Quotes

[referring to his gun]
The Oklahoma Kid: This is the only law that I know is worth a hoot in this part of the country. The only law.
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Featured in 100 Years of the Hollywood Western (1994) See more »

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My Gal Is a High-Born Lady
(1886) (uncredited)
Written by Barney Fagan
Played at the beginning of the first saloon scene
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Good Movie Despite Cagney's Mushroom Hat
9 April 2007 | by (Watertown, Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

I don't agree with a previous poster that Bogart and Cagney looked too urban to be in a western. Not all westerners spoke with a drawl. Many came to the west to escape ore reinvent themselves. You might easily run into a New Yorker or an Englishman in a western barroom. Theodore Roosevelt went west following the simultaneous deaths of his wife and mother. The writer Robert Louis Stevenson also went west.

I'd would have played up Cagney's New Yorkisms by having him wear a derby rather than that over-sized hat he wore. Let him be from New York. Not all westerners wore what was thought as typical western garb. Bat Masterson was quite the dandy.

Poor Bogart. In the 1930's he was desperately trying out a wide range of parts and acting styles. He was good as the villain, but wasn't yet the Bogie that became iconic. I've never seen the movie, but I understand he played a vampire in one movie. Wow! Poor Bogart.

That said, 'Oklahoma Kid' an entertaining movie. I love Cagney's anarchist-populist rhetoric. How often did you hear that in a western? It's a wonder he didn't organize a labor union!


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