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Billy the Kid (1941)

Passed | | Biography, Drama, Western | 30 May 1941 (USA)
In 1880 New Mexico, during a feud between cattle growers, former childhood friends Billy the Kid and Jim Sherwood end-up working for opposite sides.

Directors:

David Miller, Frank Borzage (uncredited)

Writers:

Gene Fowler (screenplay), Howard Emmett Rogers (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Taylor ... Billy Bonney
Brian Donlevy ... Jim Sherwood
Ian Hunter ... Eric Keating
Mary Howard ... Edith Keating
Gene Lockhart ... Dan Hickey
Lon Chaney Jr. ... 'Spike' Hudson
Henry O'Neill ... Tim Ward
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Ed Bronson (as Guinn Williams)
Cy Kendall ... Cass McAndrews - Sheriff
Ted Adams ... 'Buz' Cobb
Frank Conlan Frank Conlan ... Judge Blake
Frank Puglia ... Pedro Gonzales
Mitchell Lewis ... Bart Hodges
Dick Curtis ... Kirby Claxton
Grant Withers ... Ed Shanahan
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Storyline

Billy Bonney is a hot-headed gunslinger who narrowly skirts a life of crime by being befriended and hired by a peaceful rancher, Eric Keating. When Keating is killed, Billy seeks revenge on the men who killed him, even if it means opposing his friend, Marshal Jim Sherwood. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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WANTED FOR MURDER WILLIAM BONNEY ALIAS "BILLY THE KID" (original ad - all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 May 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der letzte Bandit See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,411,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Right-handed Robert Taylor spent weeks perfecting his ability to draw a gun with his left hand in preparation for this film. Ironically it was later revealed that the infamous photo of Billy the Kid with a gun in his left hand was mirrored and the famous outlaw was in fact right handed. See more »

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Quotes

Jim 'Holy' Sherwood: On the level, Billy. You ought to get off the bottle.
Billy: Bottle? I've never been drunk in my life.
Jim 'Holy' Sherwood: I don't mean liquor. I mean another kind of bottle - excitement... phony adventure. It's no good, Billy.
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Connections

Version of Repertory Theatre: The Death of Billy the Kid (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Viva La Vida
Written by Ormond Ruthven (as Ormond B. Ruthven) and Albert Mannheimer
Played on guitar and Sung by Frank Puglia (uncredited) (dubbed by Mario Costa) (uncredited)
Reprised several times
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Gorgeous outdoor photography but dull screenplay...
3 February 2010 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

BILLY THE KID's outdoor photography of handsome exterior settings gives this western a rugged flavor and ROBERT TAYLOR makes an acceptable Billy the Kid. MGM obviously wanted to toughen his appearance on screen as one of filmdom's handsomest male stars and chose to cast him in this rugged role. Most of the time his tough expression ranges from petulant to suspicious and not much else, but this was before his acting took on more dimension in other sturdier western roles.

However, nobody in the cast can overcome the fact that the screenplay is rather routine. BRIAN DONLEVY is sturdy as the Marshall who grew up with Billy and MARY BRIAN is fine as the love interest. GENE LOCKHART is effective as a cowardly villain and others in the cast give the story some flavor despite a screenplay full of western clichés.

Nice to look at, but easily forgettable as a story of Billy the Kid.


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