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Billy the Kid (1941)

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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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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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BULLETS...HIS ONLY LAW! REVENGE... HIS ONLY RULE! (original ad - all caps) See more »


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30 May 1941 (USA)  »

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Billy, el Niño  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Maureen O'Sullivan was initially cast in the role of "Edith Keating" but left to be with her husband, director John Farrow, who was with the RCAF in Canada. See more »

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Prologue: The history of the west was written with the blood of men both good and bad. In 1880, the last frontier was being won to the music of six-shooters on the cattle range. At this time, and into this stirring scene, there rode a young outlaw who lived his violent hour in defiance of an advancing civilization. His name has gone down in legend as "Billy the Kid."
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Viva La Vida
Written by Ormond Ruthven (as Ormond B. Ruthven) and Albert Mannheimer
Played on guitar and Sung by Frank Puglia (uncredited) (dubbed by Mario Costa) (uncredited)
Reprised several times
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Good, not great western
3 September 2002 | by (Columbus Ohio) – See all my reviews

Fine actor Robert Taylor seems to be a bit long in the tooth (although he was only 30 at the time) to portray "The Kid." Still, if you suspend all knowledge of the Billy legend, he does a stalwart job as an older and wiser Billy. Brian Donlevy is great, as usual, though he plays the good guy Sherwood (Pat Garrett in reality and in subsequent Billy the Kid inspired films)instead of his many tough guy badies (Beau Geste - Academy Award nominee, and Destry Rides Again - to mention two). The writers seem to change all the names to protect...well who?Instead of Tunstall, the english gentleman rancher who tries to change Billy's wayward ways, it's Keating. Instead of Murphy, the instigator of the Lincoln County War, its Hickey. And instead of Pat Garrett, it's Sherwood. But, some good shoot 'em ups and some good dialogue make this a pleasant Saturday afternoon at the westerns. Saddle up.

Check out Ivanhoe, Waterloo Bridge, and Knights of the Round Table to see Robert Taylor at his best. For other Billy movies, see Young Guns, Young Guns II, Chisum, and the Left Handed Gun.


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