When someone gets killed during a bank robbery by Deans, half-breed Billy Two Hats and their partner, the robbers flee. Sheriff Gifford tracks the robbers, killing one of them and capturing... See full summary »
John Grant, a bonded teacher, arrives in a rough outback mining town planning to stay overnight before starting his holiday. But one night stretches to several and with the aid of alcohol he plunges headlong toward his own destruction.
When someone gets killed during a bank robbery by Deans, half-breed Billy Two Hats and their partner, the robbers flee. Sheriff Gifford tracks the robbers, killing one of them and capturing Billy. Deans escapes, but during a successful plot to free Billy from the Sheriff, Deans is shot, leaving him unable to walk or ride a horse. Billy, not wanting to abandon his friend, builds an Indian cot to drag Deans behind the horse. With the Sheriff hot on their trail, Deans and Billy try to stay one step ahead of the many obstacles which threaten their lives and freedom. Written by
E.W. DesMarais <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Billy Two Hats was made at a dry spell in Gregory Peck's career. He himself admitted he was taking roles just for the work and the loot and possibly the thought of doing a western shot in the Negev desert in Israel may have appealed to him. It probably would be more feasible today. In 1974 Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat hadn't sat down at Camp David and made peace. I wonder just how much danger Greg and the cast were in.
The title role is played by Desi Arnaz, Jr. and Gregory Peck plays a Scottish outlaw from the old west. A pair of amiable bankrobbers, Arnaz prevents Peck from being captured by Marshal Jack Warden. Of course Arnaz is caught, but later Peck rescues him at the cost of a broken leg.
Actually the most interesting part in the film is that of Jack Warden as the Marshal. He may have the badge, but he's not exactly Wyatt Earp as the Wyatt Earp legend has him. In fact Gene Hackman may very well have studied this film for his portrayal of a nasty town marshal in Clint Eastwood's The Unforgiven.
I wouldn't recommend this film for anyone other than fans of Gregory Peck.
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