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The Oklahoma Kid (1939)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, History | 11 March 1939 (USA)
During the Oklahoma Land Rush, the lawlessness is exacerbated by the McCord gang's feud with the Kincaids, who are trying to bring law and justice to the region.


Lloyd Bacon


Warren Duff (screen play), Robert Buckner (screen play) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
James Cagney ... Jim Kincaid
Humphrey Bogart ... Whip McCord
Rosemary Lane ... Jane Hardwick
Donald Crisp ... Judge Hardwick
Harvey Stephens ... Ned Kincaid
Hugh Sothern ... John Kincaid
Charles Middleton ... Alec Martin
Edward Pawley ... Doolin
Ward Bond ... Wes Handley
Lew Harvey ... Curley
Trevor Bardette ... Indian Jack Pasco
John Miljan ... Ringo
Arthur Aylesworth ... Judge Morgan
Irving Bacon ... Hotel Clerk
Joe Devlin ... Keely - Bartender


McCord's gang robs the stage carrying money to pay Indians for their land, and the notorious outlaw "The Oklahoma Kid" Jim Kincaid takes the money from McCord. McCord stakes a "sooner" claim on land which is to be used for a new town; in exchange for giving it up he gets control of gambling and saloons. When Kincaid's father runs for mayor, McCord incites a mob to lynch the old man whom McCord has already framed for murder.. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Greater Than "Cimarron" - Packed with Thrills - Loaded with Action . . . As an Exciting page from American history is unfolded upon the screen ! See more »


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Did You Know?


There were a total of five land runs in Oklahoma (1889, 1891, 1892, 1893 and 1895). Tulsa was not involved or formed as a result of any of the land runs, as depicted in the movie. See more »


The Oklahoma Kid has a New York accent. The Oklahoma Kid who should sound like someone from Oklahoma. Instead, he sounds like someone from Hell's Kitchen in NYC. Curious casting. See more »


[referring to his gun]
The Oklahoma Kid: This is the only law that I know is worth a hoot in this part of the country. The only law.
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Featured in Hollywood and the Stars: They Went That-a-way (1963) See more »


Gwine to Rune All Night
(1850) (uncredited)
aka "De Camptown Races"
Written by Stephen Foster
Played in McCord's casino
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Yonda Lies da Homestead of my Fodda.
12 December 2009 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

Bet you didn't think two urban gangsters could put over a cowboy picture, did you? Not only that, make it so believable that it was entertaining - very much so, in fact. Well, surprise, surprise.This was a good picture with a very good storyline. Well done in all departments.Cagney plays the good-bad guy and Bogart, in a pre-Sam Spade role, plays the bad-bad guy.One of the interchangeable Lane sisters (in this case Rosemary)is the love interest.

Long story short; somebody done somebody wrong, with fistfights and gunplay and double-crosses and all the elements that make westerns so greatly entertaining. If you haven't seen it and like good westerns, do it.There is more than enough to like here. This movie was shown on 'old reliable'TCM just the other night. I don't think it's available in any format so you'll have to wait until they show it again and tape it.

No sequel, though. One oater with two crooked mobsters is enough. And they should have issued Cagney a different hat.

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11 March 1939 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)


Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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