Billy the Kid (1941)

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    • Billy the Kid (1941)

      BILLY THE KID

      DIRECTED BY DAVID MILLER/FRANK BORZAGE
      METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER (MGM)


      INFORMATION FROM IMDb

      Plot Summary
      Billy Bonney is a hot-headed gunslinger who narrowly skirts a life of crime by being befriended and hired by a peaceful rancher, Eric Keating. When Keating is killed, Billy seeks revenge on the men who killed him, even if it means opposing his friend, Marshal Jim Sherwood.
      Written by Jim Beaver

      Cast
      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 (as Guinn Williams)
      Cy Kendall ... Cass McAndrews - Sheriff
      Ted Adams ... 'Buz' 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 ... Jesse 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
      Harry Tenbrook ... Man with Rifle Behind Barred Window (uncredited)
      and many more...

      Directed
      David Miller
      Frank Borzage ... (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Gene Fowler ... (screenplay)
      Howard Emmett Rogers ... (story) and
      Bradbury Foote ... (story)
      Walter Noble Burns ... (suggested by the book "The Saga of Billy the Kid" by)

      Produced
      Irving Asher

      Music
      David Snell

      Cinematography
      William V. Skall
      Leonard Smith

      Trivia
      Right-handed Robert Taylor spent weeks perfecting his ability to draw a gun with his left hand in preparation for this film. Ironically it was later revealed that the infamous photo of Billy the Kid with a gun in his left hand was mirrored and the famous outlaw was in fact right handed.

      Maureen O'Sullivan was initially cast in the role of "Edith Keating" but left to be with her husband, director John Farrow, who was with the RCAF in Canada.

      This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Monday 7 January 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Friday 22 March 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); it first aired in New York City 2 December 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2) and in San Francisco 15 February 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). At this time, color broadcasting was in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so these film showings were all still in B&W. Viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later.

      This MGM Movie had Swedish Censorship number 63.152, and the movie was banned from showing at Swedish cinemas. MGM cut off 106 meters, and tried again this time the Censor number was 63.243, the Censor board cut another five meters, and it was allowed to be shown to everyone over 15 y/o.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      Double U Guest Ranch - 8600 E. Rockcliff Road, Tucson, Arizona, USA
      Sabino Canyon, Tucson, Arizona, USA
      Kanab Movie Ranch - 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, Utah, USA
      Monument Valley, Utah, USA
      Paria Canyon, Kanab, Utah, USA
      Sedona, Arizona, USA
      Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
      Tucson, Arizona, USA
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios - 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA

      Watch the Movie

      [extendedmedia] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7JplstJNsY [/extendedmedia]
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Billy the Kid (1941)

      Billy the Kid is a 1941 American color remake of the 1930 film of the same name.
      The film features Robert Taylor as Billy and Brian Donlevy as a fictionalized version
      of Pat Garrett renamed "Jim Sherwood" in the film.
      Directed by David Miller and based on the book by Walter Noble Burns,
      the cast also included Gene Lockhart and Lon Chaney, Jr..

      The film was not as well received as the 1930 original, Billy the Kid,
      which had starred Johnny Mack Brown and Wallace Beery and been shot in
      an experimental widescreen process.

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      User Review

      Disappointing Remake of 1930 Classic!
      25 July 2004 | by bsmith5552(Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)

      bsmith wrote:

      "Billy the Kid" was supposed to be a remake of the 1930 classic which starred Johnny Mack Brown and Wallace Beery. About the only things this version has going for it are the beautiful technicolor photography and its supporting cast of recognizable faces.


      William Bonney, aka "Billy the Kid" (Robert Taylor) is on the run for gunning down his father's killer some years earlier. He and his sidekick Pedro (Frank Puglia) ride into the town of Lincoln. Billy joins up with local bad guy Hickey (Gene Lockhart) who is trying to drive popular rancher Eric Keating (Ian Hunter) out of business. While on a stampede raid one night, Billy meets up with his childhood friend Jim Sherwood (Brian Donlevy). Sherwood and Keating gradually persuade Billy to come over to their side.

      All goes well until first, Pedro and then Keating are murdered. Billy then decides to take matters into his own hands with the predictable results.

      Taylor, Donlevy and Lockhart are all woefully miscast. Taylor was just too pretty to be taken seriously as Billy. Donlevy, whose character replaces the Pat Garrett character for some reason, was more at home in gangster films. Similarly, Lockhart did better as evil bankers or corrupt businessmen in contemporary dramas.

      Lovers of the "B" series westerns of the period will have fun spotting some of their favorite villains and character actors from that genre. The baddies include Lon Chaney Jr., Grant Withers, Dick Curtis, Cy Kendall and George Cheseboro. On the right side of the law we have Kermit Maynard, Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, Chill Wills and Ray Teal.

      Others in the cast include Henry O'Neill as the newspaper editor, Joe Yule (Mickey Rooney's father) as a bartender, Arthur Houseman (the resident "drunk" in the old Laurel & Hardy shorts) as a drunken janitor (what else?), Connie Gilchrist as a saloon lady and a young John Raitt as a singer in the musical number.

      As mentioned previously, the outdoor color photography is breathtaking. Unfortunately, they spoiled it by inserting many of those phony looking close up process riding shots.

      I expected better from MGM.
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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