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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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Taglines:

BULLETS...HIS ONLY LAW! REVENGE... HIS ONLY RULE! (original ad - all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Monday 7 January 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); it first aired in Philadelphia 22 March 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Seattle 11 April 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Hartford CT 23 April 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), in Minneapolis 8 May 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), in Tucson 3 June 1957 on KVOA (Channel 4), in Miami 12 July 1957 on WCKT (Channel 7), in Altoona PA 19 October 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in New York City 2 December 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Chicago 8 January 1958 on WBBM (Channel 2), and in San Francisco 15 February 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). At this time, color broadcasting was in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so these film showings were all still in B&W. Viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later. See more »

Goofs

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Quotes

Dan Hickey: Nobody quits my outfit and stays healthy!
Billy: Which one of you guys wants to start making me unhealthy?
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Connections

Referenced in Monster Dog (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Lazy Acres
Written by Ormond Ruthven (as Ormond B. Ruthven)
Played and sung by members of the Pickard family and John Raitt (uncredited) at the party
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Wildly inaccurate but terrifically entertaining version of the Kid's legend
7 July 2004 | by JimB-4See all my reviews

You can count on one hand the things this film has in common with the real story of Billy the Kid, but if you aren't thrown off by inaccuracy, then this is a wonderfully entertaining and finely portrayed depiction of the Kid. Robert Taylor is really superb in a role he's nearly a decade too old for. He's hard-bitten and tough as nails, but the hurt inside is clear without being overplayed. I've never thought of Robert Taylor as ever being underrated, but if ever he was, it's in this. Taylor and the dialog, which is hard-boiled and doesn't always go where you'd expect it to go, are the real points of interest in this movie, along with some geographically wide-ranging Technicolor photography that is luscious to look at. The other aspects of the movie are pretty standard fare, some less bearable than others. But Taylor is a revelation here. This picture is well worth watching. Just don't think you're seeing the true story of Billy the Kid.


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