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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 »
Johnny Mack Brown,
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
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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 »
[All goofs for this title are spoilers.]
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Jim 'Holy' Sherwood:
On the level, Billy. You ought to get off the bottle.
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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Fine actor Robert Taylor seems to be a bit long in the tooth (although he was only 30 at the time) to portray "The Kid." Still, if you suspend all knowledge of the Billy legend, he does a stalwart job as an older and wiser Billy. Brian Donlevy is great, as usual, though he plays the good guy Sherwood (Pat Garrett in reality and in subsequent Billy the Kid inspired films)instead of his many tough guy badies (Beau Geste - Academy Award nominee, and Destry Rides Again - to mention two). The writers seem to change all the names to protect...well who?Instead of Tunstall, the english gentleman rancher who tries to change Billy's wayward ways, it's Keating. Instead of Murphy, the instigator of the Lincoln County War, its Hickey. And instead of Pat Garrett, it's Sherwood. But, some good shoot 'em ups and some good dialogue make this a pleasant Saturday afternoon at the westerns. Saddle up.
Check out Ivanhoe, Waterloo Bridge, and Knights of the Round Table to see Robert Taylor at his best. For other Billy movies, see Young Guns, Young Guns II, Chisum, and the Left Handed Gun.
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