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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" ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jim Kincaid
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Whip McCord
Rosemary Lane ...
Jane Hardwick
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Judge Hardwick
Harvey Stephens ...
Ned Kincaid
Hugh Sothern ...
John Kincaid
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Alec Martin
Edward Pawley ...
Doolin
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Wes Handley
Lew Harvey ...
Curley
Trevor Bardette ...
Indian Jack Pasco
John Miljan ...
Ringo
Arthur Aylesworth ...
Judge Morgan
Irving Bacon ...
Hotel Clerk
Joe Devlin ...
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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Keep your eyes on BOTH! JAMES CAGNEY SHOOTS IT OUT WITH HUMPHREY BOGART IN THE OKLAHOMA KID (re-release print ad - mostly caps) See more »

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History | Western

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Approved | See all certifications »
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11 March 1939 (USA)  »

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Oklahoma Kid  »

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| (Ontario)

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was James Cagney's first western. He would appear in only 2 more westerns ("Run For Cover" and "Tribute To A Bad Man") much later in his career during the 1950's. See more »

Goofs

When the Kid visits Jane, he ties his horse to the bar in front of the house. A short time after that, Ned arrives. He's searching for the Kid. He is so eager to get him that (later in the movie) he even shoots at him (when the Kid is fleeing from the court house). But when Jane tells Ned that the Kid is not there, he believes her without asking about the horse, which he must have seen when he arrived. 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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Referenced in The Third Man (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Gwine to Rune All Night
(1850) (uncredited)
aka "De Camptown Races"
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Played in McCord's casino
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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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