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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.

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Lloyd Bacon

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

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 Lew Harvey ... Curley
Trevor Bardette ... Indian Jack Pasco
John Miljan ... Ringo
Arthur Aylesworth ... Judge Morgan
Irving Bacon ... Hotel Clerk
Joe Devlin ... Keely - Bartender
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oklahoma Kid See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Humphrey Bogart was widely quoted as saying that co-star James Cagney looked like "a mushroom" in his costume. See more »

Goofs

When the Kid visits Jane, he ties his horse to the bar in front of the house. A short time after that, Ned arrives. He's searching for the Kid. He is so eager to get him that (later in the movie) he even shoots at him (when the Kid is fleeing from the court house). But when Jane tells Ned that the Kid is not there, he believes her without asking about the horse, which he must have seen when he arrived. See more »

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Narrator: Hunted, hiding... The Kid continued to play his cards the way he saw them... and by his own rules.
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Referenced in Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005) See more »

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I Don't Want to Play in Your Yard
(1894) (uncredited)
Music by Henry W. Petrie
Lyrics by Philip Wingate
Sung by James Cagney
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"The strong take it away from the weak and the smart take it away from the strong."
6 September 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

One of my favorite movie lines of all time is from The Oklahoma Kid where James Cagney expounds on his philosophy of life to Donald Crisp in a saloon as the land rush is starting.

The rest of the film is your usual fast paced Cagney film, just set out west instead of the big city. It was the first western for both Cagney and Humphrey Bogart. Cagney did a fine western in the Fifties Run for Cover and replaced Spencer Tracy in another one, Tribute to a Bad Man.

Bogey did one other western, Virginia City, and next to that Whip McCord of the panhandle is an Oscar winning part. I'm not denigrating his work on Oklahoma Kid, but Bogart used to cringe whenever Virginia City was mentioned and that chintzy Mexican accent he was forced to adopt for that film.

In Oklahoma Kid, he's the leader of a group of outlaws who've jumped the starting gun and put up a claim at the spot Hugh Sothern and son Harvey Stephens want to start a town. Rather than go to court which would tie them up for years, they agree to Bogart's terms to give him control of the vice industries of the town that would become Tulsa.

Bogart's actions are those of a what was called a Sooner, one who jumped the starting gun and cheated in the land rush. The term is what gave Oklahoma its state nickname of The Sooner state. Although I've never understood why the state nickname glorifies illegal activity.

So good and honest Hugh and Harvey just take it on the chin until the corruption gets way out of hand.

But Hugh has another son, a lone wolf sort of character that's taken the outlaw path. That be James Cagney who settles things in his own way, the way Cagney usually does in films.

The western after a period of doldrums in the early thirties when it was mostly B picture fare was making a comeback as a feature attraction. All the studios were starting to make them.

Warners had two big ones in 1939, this one and Dodge City. Errol Flynn in the latter scored better with the public than Cagney did, so Flynn got to do more westerns. Cagney and Bogey went back to the city streets except for Bogey's ill conceived visit to Virginia City.

But Oklahoma Kid is not a bad film and fans of the two stars will not be disappointed.


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