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Billy the Kid (1941)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Western | 30 May 1941 (USA)
In 1880 New Mexico, during a feud between cattle growers, former childhood friends Billy the Kid and Jim Sherwood end-up working for opposite sides.

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Dan Hickey
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'Spike' Hudson
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Tim Ward
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Ed Bronson (as Guinn Williams)
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Cass McAndrews - Sheriff
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'Buz' Cobb
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Judge Blake
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Pedro Gonzales
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Bart Hodges
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Kirby Claxton
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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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WANTED FOR MURDER WILLIAM BONNEY ALIAS "BILLY THE KID" (original ad - all caps) See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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30 May 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Billy, el Niño  »

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$1,411,000 (estimated)
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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

This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Monday 7 January 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Friday 22 March 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); it first aired in New York City 2 December 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2) and in San Francisco 15 February 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). At this time, color broadcasting was in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so these film showings were all still in B&W. Viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later. See more »

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Epilogue: Thus, as the ways of law came to the last frontier, the last of the men of violence found his peace.
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Referenced in Monster Dog (1984) See more »

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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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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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