The Oklahoma Kid (1939)

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    • The Oklahoma Kid (1939)




      Plot Summary
      McCord's gang robs the stage carrying money to pay Indians for their land, and the notorious outlaw "The Oklahoma Kid" Jim Kincaid takes the money from McCord. McCord stakes a "sooner" claim on land which is to be used for a new town; in exchange for giving it up he gets control of gambling and saloons. When Kincaid's father runs for mayor, McCord incites a mob to lynch the old man whom McCord has already framed for murder..
      Written by Ed Stephan

      James Cagney ... Jim Kincaid
      Humphrey Bogart ... Whip McCord
      Rosemary Lane ... Jane Hardwick
      Donald Crisp ... Judge Hardwick
      Harvey Stephens ... Ned Kincaid
      Hugh Sothern ... John Kincaid
      Charles Middleton ... Alec Martin
      Edward Pawley ... Doolin
      Ward Bond ... Wes Handley
      Lew Harvey ... Curley
      Trevor Bardette ... Indian Jack Pasco
      John Miljan ... Ringo
      Arthur Aylesworth ... Judge Morgan
      Irving Bacon ... Hotel Clerk
      Joe Devlin ... Keely
      Wade Boteler ... Sheriff
      and many more...

      Lloyd Bacon

      Writing Credits
      Warren Duff ... (screen play) &
      Robert Buckner ... (screen play) and
      Edward E. Paramore Jr. ... (screen play) (as Edward E. Paramore)
      Wally Kline ... (from an original story by) (as Wally Klein)
      Jerome Odlum ... (uncredited)
      Norman Reilly Raine ... (uncredited)

      Samuel Bischoff ... associate producer (uncredited)
      Hal B. Wallis ... executive producer (uncredited)
      Jack L. Warner ... executive producer (uncredited)

      Max Steiner

      James Wong Howe ... (photography)

      Humphrey Bogart was widely quoted as saying that co-star James Cagney looked like "a mushroom" in his costume.

      This was James Cagney's first western. He would appear in only two more westerns--Run for Cover (1955) and Tribute to a Bad Man (1956)--both of them much later in his career.

      According to a contemporary magazine article, Hugh Sothern and Al J. Jennings had been participants in the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1895.

      Regarding Humphrey Bogart's "mushroom" jibe about James Cagney in his cowboy hat--Bogart said that Cagney looked like a mushroom--Cagney had a revenge of sorts. After seeing Bogie picking his nose in his car, he wrote a little rhyme: "In this little town of ours, people see all sorts of primps and poses . . . but movie stars in fancy cars shouldn't pick their famous noses". Apparently, according to Michael J. Fox in his excellent documentary about Cagney--James Cagney: Top of the World (1992)--he sent it to Bogart, but didn't receive a reply.

      In the scene with the baby, when Cagney is strumming a guitar, it is a "flat top" style acoustic, much too modern for the time period of the movie.

      Character error
      When the Kid visits Jane, he ties his horse to the bar in front of the house. A short time after that, Ned arrives. He's searching for the Kid. He is so eager to get him that (later in the movie) he even shoots at him (when the Kid is fleeing from the court house). But when Jane tells Ned that the Kid is not there, he believes her without asking about the horse, which he must have seen when he arrived.

      In the bar room, shortly after Whip McCord tells The Oklahoma Kid to give him back the Indian money, the Kid shoots Curley in the belly. A few moments later, Curley walks out as if he had never been shot.

      Bogart's character claims to be from "the panhandle". But in what seems like strange casting. He has a strong New York accent.

      The Oklahoma Kid has a New York accent. The Oklahoma Kid who should sound like someone from Oklahoma. Instead, he sounds like someone from Hell's Kitchen in NYC. Curious casting.

      The Kid shoots Indian Joe a short time after Joe and McCord's (three) other henchmen have lynched his father, so there's no need to print a 'wanted' circular for Indian Joe. And when the circulars for the lynchers are hung up, there is indeed no circular for Indian Joe. However, later in the movie, when Judge Hardwick and Alec Martin talk about the Kid, the Judge has four circulars, including one for Indian Joe.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      Iverson Ranch - 1 Iverson Lane, Chatsworth, Los Angeles, California, USA
      Warner Ranch, Calabasas, California, USA
      Best Wishes
      London- England
    • The Oklahoma Kid is a 1939 western film starring James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart.
      The film was directed for Warner Bros. by Lloyd Bacon.
      Cagney plays an adventurous gunslinger in a broad-brimmed cowboy hat while Bogart
      portrays his black-clad and viciously villainous nemesis.
      The film is often remembered for Cagney's character rubbing the thumb and forefinger of his hand together
      and exulting, "Feel that air!"

      The supporting cast features Rosemary Lane, Donald Crisp, and Ward Bond.
      Rosemary Lane's sister Priscilla Lane also starred with Cagney and Bogart
      in The Roaring Twenties that same year.

      Look out for Duke 'Pal' Ward Bond

      User Review

      One Of My Favorite Classic Westerns
      31 October 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1 (United States)

      CCT wrote:

      I may be in the minority here - at least with a couple of my classic-movie-buff friends, but I really liked this western. I thought it was one of the most interesting and entertaining classic westerns I've ever seen. Of course, having Jimmy Cagney in the lead didn't hurt. He's usually very entertaining and this is no exception. He plays his normal cocky self, but instead of gangster or something else modern-day, he was cowboy. To those too rigid fuddie-duddies who can't see their favorite actors trying different genres - too bad. Cagney as a cowboy?? Why not? He' still the same, great actor and entertainer. Same goes for Bogey.

      Humphrey Bogart, as he so often was before he became a mega-star with Casablanca, played the bad guy. He looked like he had a bad toupee, too. I hope that wasn't his real hair!

      This was fun to watch right from the get-go and also featured some excellent black-and-white cinematography (where is the DVD on this?), which made it all the better. At 82 minutes, this is a quick night of entertainment, but I liked that short running time
      Best Wishes
      London- England