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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.


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

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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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Release Date:

15 October 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Who Rides with Kane See more »

Filming Locations:

Tucson, Arizona, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Talbot-Youngstein See more »
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Color (Color by Deluxe)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robert Mitchum said he intended to retire from acting when this movie finished filming in August 1968, but in the following year he agreed to star in Ryan's Daughter (1970). See more »


The train locomotive is obviously of twentieth century construction. It has a steel cab, tender type, piston design and rod arrangement not available until the early 1900s. See more »


Lily Beloit: Sometimes it comes in handy to know improper ladies.
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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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Wyatt Earp and Billy Clanton – not really, but sort of
10 October 2015 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

Released in 1969, "Young Billy Young" tells the story of Lordsburg, Arizona, where a new lawman comes to town (Robert Mitchum). He takes to a foolish young gun (Robert Walker Jr.) because he reminds him of his murdered son and also to a saloon girl (Angie Dickenson) who's happens to be the woman of the bad man who runs the town (Jack Kelly). John Anderson plays the criminal whom the lawman came to bring to justice. Deana Martin (Dean's daughter) is on hand as the kid's possible romantic interest while David Carradine plays a ne'er-do-well.

The story is based on Will Henry's "Who Rides with Wyatt," a fictionalized novel that focuses on Wyatt Earp's relationship with young Billy Clanton, but the names were changed for the movie. Wyatt becomes Marshal Kane (Mitchum), Billy Clanton becomes Billy Young (Walker Jr.) and the town villain is named after the corrupt sheriff of Tombstone, John Behan. The plot is similar to 1959's "Rio Bravo" and 1966' "El Dorado" while the tone is akin to the more contemporary "El Dorado" and 1968's "Bandolero!" Speaking of the latter, the quirky nature of the score by Shelly Manne is reminiscent of the score to "Bandolero!," albeit not quite as good, yet still very notable (of course, some hate it). Robert Mitchum sings the title song.

If you favor any of those three films you'll likely appreciate "Young Billy Young," although it's the least of 'em. While the cast is great, with Mitchum towering as the fearless and confident protagonist, and there are numerous impressive Western visuals – e.g. the awe-inspiring locomotive/train, the magnificent stagecoach and the ensuing stagecoach hold-up attempt – there are too many glaring unlikelihoods. For instance, why don't the bandits chasing the stagecoach simply shoot one of the eight horses linked to it? That'd bring it down real quick. Nevertheless, there's enough good here for an enjoyable Western experience, even though you might say "Yeah, right" now and then. The chemistry between Mitchum and Dickinson is palpable and there's a moving line the latter says to the former that steals the show.

The film is short-n-sweet at 89 minutes and was shot in Old Tucson, Arizona.


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