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Billy the Kid (1941)

Passed  -  Biography | Drama | Western  -  30 May 1941 (USA)
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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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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 (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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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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Billy, el Niño  »

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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

Dan Hickey: Left-handed, eh?
Billy: I'm saving my right to shake hands with friends.
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Version of I Shot Billy the Kid (1950) See more »

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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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Do not look to this movie for historical accuracy
18 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is Billy the Kid in name only. Anyone who has any kind of fascination with the Wild West or the historical William H. Bonney would do well to shy away from this flick. Almost all of the names have been switched around, the plot shares only a marginal familiarity with the true Billy and the lead actor Robert Taylor seems better suited for playing a 1930's era Chicago gangster than he does playing one of the most famous outlaws of all time.

Now that I've got my historical accuracy niggling out of the way - I still find myself unable to say many positive things about this film. But I'll give it a shot.

Some of the dialogue is rather inventive - and I do actually appreciate the relationship that Billy shares with ranch herder Eric Keating. There's an interesting exchange during Keating's introduction wherein he explains to a wary-eyed Billy why he doesn't carry a gun. Keating's naiveté rests upon a mythological ideal of frontier honor - an ideal that comes with a heavy price.

The movie itself is also wonderfully shot. The Technicolor treatment produces stunning visuals that can easily compare to westerns that are produced ten, fifteen, sometimes even twenty years after Billy the Kid.

Sadly, there simply isn't a lot of material available for Billy the Kid enthusiasts. Again, do NOT refer to this movie if you are looking to find insight into the true story of Billy the Kid. The closest you will probably come towards finding the definitive Billy story is in the 1988 fluff film, "Young Guns" and its subsequent continuation in "Young Guns II" - and even they take great spoonfuls of poetic license with history.


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