Billy the Kid


The famous outlaw rides again in this fictionalized western that chronicles Billy's turn from criminal to fine upstanding citizen. The film received an Oscar nomination for its color cinematography.
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The famous outlaw rides again in this fictionalized western that chronicles Billy's turn from criminal to fine upstanding citizen. The film received an Oscar nomination for its color cinematography.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
MGM, in its heyday, never liked westerns much and when the studio made an attempt the results were almost always overproduced. None more so than Billy the Kid, which in addition to a change of leading man certainly could have used a bit of fresh air. Although Frank Borzage had filmed second unit footage at Tucson, AZ, and at Utah's Monument Valley, most of Billy the Kid was lensed indoors on so-called "green sets," a grave mistake but typical of Metro in the 1940s. Johnny Mack Brown had played the notorious albeit whitewashed outlaw back in 1930 and even he had been considered almost "too pretty." Enter Robert Taylor, Metro's glamour boy number one, who looked even less like a gunman and who in any case was too old for the role. The supporting cast is typically fine, especially Brian Donlevy's Pat Garrett-alike Sheriff Sherwood, but not even the addition of Technicolor can do much against the miscasting of Taylor and a rather lumbering screenplay.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/5/2009
  • UPC: 883316164624
  • Original Release: 1941
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 42,609

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Taylor Billy Bonney
Brian Donlevy Jim Sherwood
Ian Hunter Eric Keating
Mary Howard Edith Keating
Gene Lockhart Dan Hickey
Lon Chaney Jr. Spike Hudson
Henry O'Neill Tim Ward
Guinn "Big Boy" Williams Ed Bronson
Ted Adams Buzz Cobb
Frank Conlan Judge Blake
Frank Puglia Pedro Gonzales
Mitchell Lewis Bart Hodges
Dick Curtis Kirby Claxton
Grant Withers Ed Shanahan
Joe Yule Milton
Earl Gunn Jessie Martin
Eddie Dunn Pat Shanahan
Carl Pitti Bat Smithers
Kermit Maynard Thad Decker
Ethel Griffies Mrs. Hanky
Chill Wills Tom Patterson
Olive Blakeney Mrs. Patterson
Cy Kendall Cass McAndrews, Sheriff
Technical Credits
David Miller Director
Irving Asher Producer
Jack Dawn Makeup
Bradbury Foote Screenwriter
Gene Fowler Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Production Designer
Robert J. Kern Editor
Albert Mannheimer Score Composer
Howard Emmet Rogers Screenwriter
Ormand Ruthven Score Composer
William Skall Cinematographer
Leonard Smith Cinematographer
David Snell Score Composer
Gile Steele Costumes/Costume Designer
Dolly Tree Costumes/Costume Designer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
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