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Billy Bonney is a hot-headed gunslinger who narrowly skirts a life of crime by being befriended and hired by a peaceful rancher, Eric Keating. When Keating is killed, Billy seeks revenge on... See full summary »

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Jim Sherwood
Ian Hunter ...
Eric Keating
Mary Howard ...
Edith Keating
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Dan Hickey
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'Spike' Hudson
Henry O'Neill ...
Tim Ward
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ...
Ed Bronson (blacksmith) (as Guinn Williams)
Cy Kendall ...
Cass McAndrews, Sheriff
Ted Adams ...
'Buz' Cobb
Frank Conlan ...
Judge Blake
Frank Puglia ...
Pedro Gonzales
Mitchell Lewis ...
Bart Hodges
Dick Curtis ...
Kirby Claxton
Grant Withers ...
Ed Shanahan
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Storyline

Billy Bonney is a hot-headed gunslinger who narrowly skirts a life of crime by being befriended and hired by a peaceful rancher, Eric Keating. When Keating is killed, Billy seeks revenge on the men who killed him, even if it means opposing his friend, Marshal Jim Sherwood. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Roaring out of the blood-swept pages of history . . . comes the only authentic life story of the Southwest's last outlaw . . . and his colorful career ! See more »


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30 May 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Billy, el Niño  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Right-handed Robert Taylor spent weeks perfecting his ability to draw a gun with his left hand in preparation for this film. See more »

Quotes

Eric Keating: You know, things are going to happen in this country. Guns and shooting are going out. Law and order is on the march. You better look out or they'll run you over. The good people want to live together as good, peaceful citizens. And when they get together, there isn't a man fast enough on the draw or tough enough to stand against them. Not even Hannibal, Napolean or Billy the Kid.
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Soundtracks

Lazy Acres
Written by Ormond Ruthven (as Ormond B. Ruthven)
Played and sung by members of the Pickard family and John Raitt (uncredited) at the party
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Too sanctimonious for its own good
28 March 2004 | by (Copenhagen, Denmark) – See all my reviews

There is a lot more to this predominantly lyrical account of an episode in Billy the Kid's life than action and brainless swagger. Hardboiled, embittered Billy gets a job as a cowhand for a pacifist farmer who rhapsodizes about how being unarmed protects a man by the usual Wild West code of not shooting a man in the back. When the farmer, Billy's new guardian, is killed, though, Billy's new-found love of peace and order must give way to a desire for revenge on the bad guys.

Somewhere along the line this film gets to sanctimonious and preachy to be entirely enjoyable, and Brian Donleavy as Billy's childhood pal turned born-again marshall deputy is the most unbelievable thing about it. Robert Taylor is a handsome devil in tight-fitting black leather, and it is honestly a relief when he finds back to his old bad ways, and things start happening again.

The Technicolor location cinematography is gorgeous.


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