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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
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This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Monday 7 January 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); it first aired in Philadelphia 22 March 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Seattle 11 April 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Hartford CT 23 April 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), in Minneapolis 8 May 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), in Tucson 3 June 1957 on KVOA (Channel 4), in Miami 12 July 1957 on WCKT (Channel 7), in Altoona PA 19 October 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in New York City 2 December 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Chicago 8 January 1958 on WBBM (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 »
[All goofs for this title are spoilers.]
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Yeah, I'll play along, Hickey. You just keep four aces in the deck.
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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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