A very large German railroad artillery gun is causing havoc with the American advance. When not firing, it is moved by rail from one secluded cave to another, and no one has been able to ... See full summary »
A very large German railroad artillery gun is causing havoc with the American advance. When not firing, it is moved by rail from one secluded cave to another, and no one has been able to spot the gun so it can be targeted and eliminated. Artillery Lt. William Benton and Sgt. Stoner are sent to link up with Sgt. Saunders' squad which will serve as an escort to establish a forward observation post to find the German gun and report its location for targeting. When alone with Saunders' men, Sgt. Stoner is quick to tell everyone that Benton is the son of the famous Lt. General Benton and has been kept safely in the rear and allowed no combat experience. He belittles Lt. Benton by calling him Billy the Kid, and he lets everyone know he expects Benton to fail in this mission. Saunders does not like Stoner disparaging Benton, but even he questions Benton about all the extra equipment he is taking with them. Benton simply tells him it is needed and to get moving. When they get to the area ... Written by
"Billy The Kid" is a story about a general's son wishing to prove himself amidst constant harassment over his lieutenant's position and no field experience.
Lieutenant William Benton (excellently played by Andrew Prine) gets all of the easy assignments for his superiors' fear that if he screws up, they'll get revenge from his father, Lieutenant General "Bull" Benton. He leads Saunders & squad into dangerous territory to locate a kingsize German railroad cannon which has been causing American troops a lot of grief. Everyone in the entourage begins to doubt Benton's abilities after The Sarge saves their necks via keen perception.
Bob & Esther Mitchell did a fine job adapting Bivings F. Wallace's story for television while Bernard McEveety did a fine job directing it. There is method of madness to each detail and maybe, just maybe Lieutenant Benton acquired extremely valuable insights from his dad's environment while growing up. The viewer is treated first hand to how army engineers locate, plot out, and attack an enemy position. Heavy artillery scenes are outstanding throughout making me feel I missed out on firing large cannons in my lifetime. And never underestimate the outstanding stunt personnel both German & American who make the series possible. To create effect, one of the Germans does a back flip over a high log which must've hurt.
I found "Billy The Kid" very entertaining, educational, and suspenseful. And Saunders ending line about Billy The Kid is priceless!
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