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The Law vs. Billy the Kid (1954)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 1 August 1954 (USA)
Billy the Kid is forced to kill for the woman he loves, and is ultimately brought to justice by his old friend Pat Garrett.

Director:

William Castle

Writers:

Bernard Gordon (screen story), Bernard Gordon (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Scott Brady ... William 'Billy the Kid' Bonney
Betta St. John ... Nita Maxwell
James Griffith ... Pat Garrett
Alan Hale Jr. ... Bob Ollinger
Paul Cavanagh ... John H. Tunstall
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Charley Bowdre
Benny Rubin ... Arnold Dodge
Steve Darrell ... Sheriff Tom Watkins
George Berkeley George Berkeley ... Tom O'Folliard
William Tannen ... Dave Rudabaugh
Richard H. Cutting ... Pete Maxwell (as Richard Cutting)
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Storyline

Young William Bonney inspires the faith and friendship of Pat Garrett, despite Bonney's violent past. Garrett believes that Billy can make a better life for himself, a sentiment shared by rancher John Tunstall, who befriends Billy and gives him a job. Billy falls in love with Tunstall's niece, Nita, but this outrages Tunstall's foreman, Bob Ollinger, who exposes Billy's past as outlaw Billy the Kid. When Billy's new friend, John Tunstall, is murdered, he goes on a rampage of revenge, and Pat Garrett, now a lawman, is forced to go after his young friend. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Romance | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Achtervolgd door de wet See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A Katzman Quickie
29 December 2011 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Seeing this was a producer Sam Katzman quickie production, I wasn't expecting much. What I got was even less. So why beat a dead horse when a half-dozen reviewers have already mocked the film. I guess I just can't resist it. Besides, maybe someone has finally awakened the sleepwalking Scott Brady. In the long line of Billy the Kid impersonators, his is easily the weariest, from start to finish. But then, he's already pushing middle-age, a 30-year old looking like 40— some Kid! St. John, on the other hand, looks very much a kid, like she just stepped out of a 1950's malt shop, Debbie Reynolds ponytail and all.

Remember, this is supposed to be 1880's eastern New Mexico, even though that desolate prairie looks nothing like the movie's lush San Fernando Valley. I don't mind some liberties with historical accuracy, but this movie is about as accurate as a cartoon. Oh well, it probably played three or four drive-in's, before earning back the fifty bucks Katzman spent on it. I hope I learned my lesson, at least until the next bomb comes down the Western Channel chute.


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