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Young Billy Young (1969)

In New Mexico, looking for his son's murderer, Ben Kane takes a deputy marshal's job and runs into young Billy Young who's on the lam.


Burt Kennedy


Burt Kennedy (screenplay), Heck Allen (novel) (as Will Henry)




Complete credited cast:
Robert Mitchum ... Deputy Ben Kane
Angie Dickinson ... Lily Beloit
Robert Walker Jr. ... Billy Young (as Robert Walker)
David Carradine ... Jesse Boone
Jack Kelly ... John Behan
John Anderson ... Boone
Paul Fix ... Charlie
Willis Bouchey ... Doc Cushman
Parley Baer ... Bell
Robert Anderson ... Gambler (as Bob Anderson)
Rodolfo Acosta ... Mexican Officer
Deana Martin ... Evvie


A peace-loving man named Ben Kane takes a job as deputy marshal of Lordsburg, in the old West. Kane is no lawman, but he accepts the badge because he has an old score to settle with the town's chief trouble-maker. Once on the job, Kane must also deal with a young sharpshooter named Billy Young and a sharp and sassy saloon dancer, Lily. Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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Billy better learn fast...or die young!


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Did You Know?


Less than a year before this movie was released, Robert Mitchum co-starred with Dean Martin in another western, 5 Card Stud (1968). Unsurprisingly, as a popular crooner, Martin sang the title song for that movie, as he had for several other films in which he appeared. In response, and despite the fact he was not known for his singing ability, Mitchum insisted on recording the title song. See more »


When Billy Young attempts to capture the donkey, the stuntman is obvious due to darker and shorter hair than Robert Walker. See more »


John Behan: How would you boys like to pick up a little extra spending money?
Jesse Boone: I figure as long as it ain't legal.
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Referenced in Kings of the Road (1976) See more »


Young Billy Young
Music by Shelly Manne
Lyrics by Ernie Sheldon
Sung by Robert Mitchum
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Who Rides With Wyatt . . . I mean Kane
24 February 2006 | by Bilwick1See all my reviews

Fans of the movie TOMBSTONE and other Wyatt Earp movies may be interested to know that this movie was very loosely based on Will Henry's WHO RIDES WITH Wyatt, a heavily fictionalized novel about Wyatt Earp's war with the Cowboy gang and his feud with Cowboy-sympathizing sheriff John Behan. In the novel, the "Billy Young" character is actually Johnny Ringo, who--in a completely fictional subplot--is at first protected, befriended and mentored by Wyatt (as Billy is by Kane in this movie), until Ringo gets more and more deeply involved with Curly Bill and the Clantons and Wyatt has to come after him. The novel is grim and dark, with an admirable but not very likable Wyatt. The movie is entertaining fluff, with a storyline that has less and less to do with the novel and the real Wyatt Earp as it goes along. Surprisingly, a good bit of the dialogue of the novel is retained, at least in the early scenes with Kane, and the script even retains the Earp-Behan-Lily triangle. The Behan character is even called "John Behan," and gets a surprising comeuppance from a surprising source. David Carradine is his usual watchable self as a more likable version of Ike Clanton.

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Release Date:

15 October 1969 (USA) See more »

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Who Rides with Kane See more »

Filming Locations:

Tucson, Arizona, USA See more »


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Talbot-Youngstein See more »
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1.85 : 1
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