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Fugitive of the Plains (1943)

Billy joins an outlaw band led by woman to clear his name of their crimes, which are being blamed on him.

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Billy the Kid learns that someone in Red Rock is impersonating him, causing a warrant to be issued for his arrest. On the way there he and Fuzzy Jones witness a hold-up by a gang of outlaws led by Kate Shelly and Billy decides to join the gang in order to clear his name. Kate sends Billy to rob the stagecoach and then has the sheriff tipped off so that Billy will be caught. Billy captures two of Kate's gang and learns about the tip-off, and tells Kate he couldn't pull off the robbery because the sheriff had been informed. Kate gives Billy the assignment of helping her rob the Red Rock Bank and,this time, Billy tells the Sheriff but he also warns Kate not to go through with the robbery because he knows she will be caught. But Kate, suspicious of Billy, has him imprisoned and rides on over to Red Rock to rob the bank. Kate is wounded in the hold-up and flees with the Sheriff in hot pursuit. Meanwhile, Billy has escaped and arrives in time to save Kate from falling from her horse. He ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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HE'S FIGHTIN' A GUN-TOTIN' GAL...A Lawless Lass Puts A Noose Around Buster's Neck...But The Rope Was Never Pulled!


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1 April 1943 (USA)  »

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Billy the Kid in Fugitive of the Plains  »

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The earliest documented telecast of this film in the New York City area was Monday 24 March 1947 on WNBT (Channel 4). See more »

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They Drag Billy Back In Like Michael Corleone
13 July 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Fugitive Of The Plains is none other than Billy The Kid played by Buster Crabbe who was a considerably nicer fellow and had far more adventures than the real Billy The Kid did in his short life. This film was part of a Billy The Kid series done by the Producer's Releasing Corporation (PRC).

Like Don Michael Corleone, Billy would like to just settle down somewhere and forget his outlaw past. But in every film someone keeps dragging him back in. In this case there's a gang operating several counties over where the leader is even dressing in Billy's black garb.

But imagine Buster Crabbe's surprise when the leader turns out to be a woman. Maxine Leslie who plays it like a poor man's Gladys George is a respectable woman in her neck of the woods and she just thinks it's the greatest thing to be trading in on the reputation of a known outlaw like Crabbe. It just comes with the trade I guess.

Al St. John is Crabbe's usual sidekick and he definitely is one of the funniest, but also one of the most worthless around. I can only conclude that he gives Crabbe as much laughs as he gives the audience which is the only reason I would keep Fuzzy around.

Nothing too terribly special about Fugitive Of The Plains.


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