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The Law vs. Billy the Kid (1954)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 1 August 1954 (USA)
Billy the Kid is forced to kill for the woman he loves, and is ultimately brought to justice by his old friend Pat Garrett.

Director:

William Castle

Writers:

Bernard Gordon (screen story), Bernard Gordon (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Scott Brady ... William 'Billy the Kid' Bonney
Betta St. John ... Nita Maxwell
James Griffith ... Pat Garrett
Alan Hale Jr. ... Bob Ollinger
Paul Cavanagh ... John H. Tunstall
William 'Bill' Phillips William 'Bill' Phillips ... Charley Bowdre
Benny Rubin ... Arnold Dodge
Steve Darrell ... Sheriff Tom Watkins
George Berkeley George Berkeley ... Tom O'Folliard
William Tannen ... Dave Rudabaugh
Richard H. Cutting ... Pete Maxwell (as Richard Cutting)
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Storyline

Young William Bonney inspires the faith and friendship of Pat Garrett, despite Bonney's violent past. Garrett believes that Billy can make a better life for himself, a sentiment shared by rancher John Tunstall, who befriends Billy and gives him a job. Billy falls in love with Tunstall's niece, Nita, but this outrages Tunstall's foreman, Bob Ollinger, who exposes Billy's past as outlaw Billy the Kid. When Billy's new friend, John Tunstall, is murdered, he goes on a rampage of revenge, and Pat Garrett, now a lawman, is forced to go after his young friend. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Dead for six dollars! See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Achtervolgd door de wet See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Clover Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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31 December 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Law vs. Billy the Kid, The (1954)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

William Castle is best known for his horror films but he did mangle in the western genre for the majority of his career. This Columbia "C" picture has Billy the Kid (Scott Brady) and his buddy Pat Garrett (James Griffith) finding work on a farm but when the owner is killed by a bad sheriff, the kid decides to seek revenge, which will have all the law looking for him. I'm still not too familiar with Castle's western era even though I did sit through Jesse James vs. the Daltons. This film here isn't nearly as entertaining and for the most part this comes off very flat with very little life, action or energy. The biggest problem is that the screenplay is all over the map in what it's trying to do. We see Billy as a good kid and then we see him as a jerk. The film starts off with the relationship between Billy and Pat but then goes off into different directions. I'm really not sure what the point of the movie was but perhaps they were just trying to throw as much stuff they could into a 72-minute movie. Brady is pretty poor as Billy the Kid as he brings no life or energy to the role. Griffith isn't much better as Garrett and Alan Hale, Jr. of the Skipper fame doesn't fare any better. I doubt western fans will find anything worth watching this for so it'll probably have to be seen by those wanting to know what Castle did before making a name for himself with Vincent Price.


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