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Billy the Kid (1930)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Western | 18 October 1930 (USA)
In this version of the Billy the Kid legend, Billy, after shooting down land baron William Donovan's henchmen for killing Billy's boss, is hunted down and captured by his friend, Sheriff ... See full summary »

Director:

King Vidor

Writers:

Walter Noble Burns (book), Wanda Tuchock (continuity) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Mack Brown ... Billy the Kid (as John Mack Brown)
Wallace Beery ... Pat Garrett
Kay Johnson ... Claire
Karl Dane ... Swenson
Wyndham Standing ... John W. Tunston
Russell Simpson ... Angus McSween
Blanche Friderici ... Mrs. McSween (as Blanche Frederici)
Roscoe Ates ... Old Stuff (as Rosco Ates)
Warner Richmond ... Bob Ballinger (as Warner P. Richmond)
James A. Marcus ... William P. Donovan (as James Marcus)
Nelson McDowell ... Hatfield
Jack Carlyle Jack Carlyle ... Dick Brewer
John Beck John Beck ... Butterworth
Chris-Pin Martin ... Santiago (as Chris Martin)
Marguerita Padula Marguerita Padula ... Nicky Whoosiz
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Storyline

In this version of the Billy the Kid legend, Billy, after shooting down land baron William Donovan's henchmen for killing Billy's boss, is hunted down and captured by his friend, Sheriff Pat Garrett. He escapes and is on his way to Mexico when Garrett, recapturing him, must decide whether to bring him in or to let him go. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Taglines:

A Mighty Drama of the West That Was. (Print Ad- Amsterdam Evening Recorder,((Amsterdam, NY)) 5 December 1930) See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Highwayman Rides See more »

Filming Locations:

Zion National Park, Utah, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Although he's fourth billed, most of Karl Dane's scenes wound up deleted from the final release print. See more »

Connections

Version of The Outlaw (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Hi-Ho
(uncredited)
Composer unknown
Sung by a cowboy on the trail
Reprised by the party guests at the McSween house
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this film has aged like a great wine.

If you look at this film as the story of Billy you will be disappointed because it will seem naive and unrealistic. But the greatness lies in everything else. The panoramic views of the covered wagons and the scenery of New Mexico where it was actually filmed. The town people, especially the women and how they cope with the Lincoln County war that was going on. The characters of Tunston and his partner McSween, good hearted men, against the cruel Donovan, who practically owns the town and reminds one of Judge Roy Bean. The scene where Gov. Lew Wallace shows up with the army to talk to Billy. Happy moments like when Billy is dancing. Wallace Beery is an interesting Pat Garret and Johnny McBrown has a good performance as Billy, whose's guns are the ones he used in the film. Movies have evolved technically throughout the years, but a western made in 1930 tells a story in a much better way then most films nowadays. When I saw this film the credits showed the name as "The Highwayman Rides", but I guess it was changed after.


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