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Billy the Kid
     

Billy the Kid

Director: King Vidor, Johnny Mack Brown, Wallace Beery, Kay Johnson

Cast: King Vidor, Johnny Mack Brown, Wallace Beery, Kay Johnson

 
The tall and virile Johnny Mack Brown portrays the short and dyspeptic outlaw William Bonney, a.k.a. Billy the Kid. Wallace Beery is more effectively cast as Pat Garrett, the sheriff who's sworn to bring in Billy dead or alive despite his grudging friendship for the young killer. Hardly the "homicidal moron" described by western historians, the movie's Billy has a

Overview

The tall and virile Johnny Mack Brown portrays the short and dyspeptic outlaw William Bonney, a.k.a. Billy the Kid. Wallace Beery is more effectively cast as Pat Garrett, the sheriff who's sworn to bring in Billy dead or alive despite his grudging friendship for the young killer. Hardly the "homicidal moron" described by western historians, the movie's Billy has a certain amount of charm, though he's shown to be a cold-blooded killer when the opportunity arises. The film's ending was shot twice: One ending retained fidelity to the facts by having Garrett kill Billy, while the other denouement allowed Billy to ride into the sunset, as Garrett beatifically looked on. Over the protests of western purists, the second ending was used in the American release version, though the more tragic climax was seen by European audiences. Billy the Kid was originally released in a 70mm widescreen process called Realife; to avoid confusion with MGM's 1941 Billy the Kid, the earlier film has been retitled The Highwayman Rides for television.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/05/2012
UPC:
0883316498804
Original Release:
1930
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
15,511

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Johnny Mack Brown Billy Bonney
Wallace Beery Pat Garrett
Kay Johnson Claire Randall
Karl Dane Swenson
Wyndham Standing John Tunston
Russell Simpson Angus McSween
Blanche Frederici Mrs. McSween
Roscoe Ates Old Stuff
Warner P. Richmond Bob Ballinger
James Marcus Donovan
King Vidor Man at Bar
Nelson McDowell Track Hatfield
Jack Carlyle Dick Brewer
John Beck Butterworth
Chris-Pin Martin Santiago
Marguerita Padula Nicky Whoosiz
Aggie Herring Mrs. Hatfield

Technical Credits
King Vidor Director,Producer
Gordon Avil Cinematographer
David Cox Costumes/Costume Designer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Charles MacArthur Screenwriter
Laurence Stallings Screenwriter
Wanda Tuchock Screenwriter
Hugh Wynn Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Billy the Kid
1. Chapter 1 [10:00]
2. Chapter 2 [10:00]
3. Chapter 3 [10:00]
4. Chapter 4 [10:00]
5. Chapter 5 [10:00]
6. Chapter 6 [10:00]
7. Chapter 7 [10:00]
8. Chapter 8 [10:00]
9. Chapter 9 [10:00]
10. Chapter 10 [4:50]

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