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Billy the Kid (1930)

Passed | | Action, Biography, Drama | 18 October 1930 (USA)
In this version of the Billy the Kid legend, Billy, after shooting down land baron William Donovan's henchmen for killing Billy's boss, is hunted down and captured by his friend, Sheriff ... See full summary »

Director:

King Vidor

Writers:

Walter Noble Burns (book), Wanda Tuchock (continuity) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Mack Brown ... Billy the Kid (as John Mack Brown)
Wallace Beery ... Pat Garrett
Kay Johnson ... Claire
Karl Dane ... Swenson
Wyndham Standing ... John W. Tunston
Russell Simpson ... Angus McSween
Blanche Friderici ... Mrs. McSween (as Blanche Frederici)
Roscoe Ates ... Old Stuff (as Rosco Ates)
Warner Richmond ... Bob Ballinger (as Warner P. Richmond)
James A. Marcus ... William P. Donovan (as James Marcus)
Nelson McDowell ... Hatfield
Jack Carlyle Jack Carlyle ... Dick Brewer
John Beck John Beck ... Butterworth
Chris-Pin Martin ... Santiago (as Chris Martin)
Marguerita Padula Marguerita Padula ... Nicky Whoosiz
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Storyline

In this version of the Billy the Kid legend, Billy, after shooting down land baron William Donovan's henchmen for killing Billy's boss, is hunted down and captured by his friend, Sheriff Pat Garrett. He escapes and is on his way to Mexico when Garrett, recapturing him, must decide whether to bring him in or to let him go. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Taglines:

A FIGHTER TO THE END - A LOVER UNAFRAID! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Highwayman Rides See more »

Filming Locations:

Zion National Park, Utah, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Famous silent screen actor and history buff,William S. Hart, was hired by the studios as a tech adviser and to coach Johnny Mack Brown for his role as Billy the Kid. During a publicity photo shoot, Brown is seen holding Hart's most prize possession from his gun collection: a revolver that once belonged to Billy the Kid. It later turned out that Mr. Hart was bamboozled, the gun was manufactured years after Billy the Kid's death. Despite not being Billy the Kid's gun, the revolver continued to be on display at the William S. Hart Museum. In the 1990s, the museum was broken into and the entire gun collection was stolen. See more »

Alternate Versions

The version shown in Europe had Pat Garrett killing Billy the Kid in the end, unlike the version shown in America. See more »

Connections

Version of Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Hi-Ho
(uncredited)
Composer unknown
Sung by a cowboy on the trail
Reprised by the party guests at the McSween house
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Billy-- the Kid?
8 September 2015 | by efischSee all my reviews

A strange film that is alternately stiff and fluid. Johnny MacBrown is no kid--more like 30. His acting is fairly amateurish but some lines have been well-rehearsed. Outdoor scenes are impressive but the indoor scenes are pure early-talkie confinement. Beery and the subsidiary actors seem to have the talkie thing down pat. Some of the action scenes were probably more impressive in 70mm and the outdoor recording is very good considering the sound limitations. Nasty revenge storyline where Billy justifies his many killings, but he's sure a nice guy about it. There are many killings and lots of mayhem. Some of the comedy lines between Mr. Butterworth and Mr. Hatfield are incredibly corny considering the circumstances. "The Big Trail" is a much better film from the same year and is still available in its impressive 70mm version. You have to really like westerns to appreciate "Billy The Kid", but there are lots of devoted followers.


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