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Deadwood '76 (1965)

Approved | | Western | 30 June 1965 (USA)
A young drifter is mistaken for Billy the Kid. The consequences prove deadly.


James Landis


Arch Hall Sr. (screenplay) (as Arch Hall), James Landis (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arch Hall Jr. ... Billy May
Jack Lester Jack Lester ... Tennessee Thompson
La Donna Cottier La Donna Cottier ... Little Bird
Arch Hall Sr. Arch Hall Sr. ... Boone May (as William Watters)
Liz Renay ... Poker Kate (as Melissa Morgan)
Robert Dix ... Wild Bill Hickok
Richard Cowl Richard Cowl ... Preacher Smith (as Richard S. Cowl)
Jonny Bryant Jonny Bryant ... Hubert Steadman
David Reed David Reed ... Fancy Poggin
Gordon Schwenk Gordon Schwenk ... Spotted Snake
Ray Zachary Ray Zachary ... Spec Greer
Barbara Moore Barbara Moore ... Montana
Hal Bizzy Hal Bizzy ... Curt Aiken
Read Morgan ... Ben Hayes (as Reed Morgan)
Rex Marlow Rex Marlow ... Sam Bass


A young drifter is mistaken for Billy the Kid. The consequences prove deadly.

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Release Date:

30 June 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cidade dos Fora da Lei See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


La Donna Cottier's only film. See more »


Set in 1876, Billy the Kid wouldn't have been known at the time. He didn't become a "wanted" outlaw until he killed Sheriff William Brady in April 1878. See more »


Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Wild Guitar (2018) See more »


Music by Harper MacKay
Lyrics by Arch Hall Sr.
Sung by Rex Holman
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The Mythos of the Western Gunfighter
23 November 2008 | by mstomasoSee all my reviews

Deadwood '76 is a 1965 low budget western equivalent of the typical 1970s martial arts film. Redolent with cliché from start to finish, this well-written, well-directed (by James Landis), and mostly badly acted film follows the adventures of a young many (Arch Hall Jr) who has been mistaken for Billy the Kid because of his youth, name (Billy May) and gunfighting talent.

May is an interesting character who is, unfortunately, uninterestingly portrayed by the son of the screenwriter. In a typical early '70s western flourish, May befriends a band of local Native Americans who have been displaced and otherwise abused by the townfolk and who are plotting vengeance against the union army. He also becomes a would-be prospector, and has a number of bad run-ins with a local gang lead by Sam Bass. May, the ultimate outsider, eventually gets swept up in the degrading local society and its circus-of-death atmosphere, and his developing young life is gravely threatened.

Recommended for die-hard Western fans. Not recommended for others.

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