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The Kid from Texas (1950)

Approved | | Western | 1 March 1950 (USA)
In New Mexico, Billy the Kid is involved in the Lincoln County War, kills many rivals and eventually becomes a wanted fugitive.

Director:

Kurt Neumann

Writers:

Robert Hardy Andrews (screenplay), Robert Hardy Andrews (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Audie Murphy ... William Bonney ('Billy the Kid')
Gale Storm ... Irene Kain
Albert Dekker ... Alexander Kain
Shepperd Strudwick ... Roger Jameson
Will Geer ... O'Fallon
William Talman ... Minninger
Martin Garralaga ... Morales
Robert Barrat ... General Lew Wallace (as Robert H. Barrat)
Walter Sande ... Crowe
Frank Wilcox ... Sheriff Pat Garrett
Dennis Hoey ... Major Harper
Ray Teal ... Sheriff Rand
Don Haggerty ... Morgan
Paul Ford ... Sheriff Copeland
John Phillips ... Sid Curtis
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Storyline

Billy the Kid becomes embroiled in Lincoln County, NM, land wars. When rancher who gave him a break is killed by rival henchman, Billy vows revenge. New employer takes advantage of his naivety to kill rivals, lets the Kid take rap. Kid takes to the hills with friends until caught. Escapes hanging but remains in area to be near employer's young wife with whom he's infatuated. Written by Rita Richardson <rita.richardson@arch2.nara.gov>

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The Thrilling Story of "Billy the Kid" See more »

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

1 March 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Verfemt See more »

Filming Locations:

Idyllwild, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film is "the last picture show" in Larry McMurtry's novel "The Last Picture Show." Sonny and Duane don't stay for the whole movie, as it doesn't hold their interest and they are distracted by memories. (In Peter Bogdanovich's film adaptation "The Last Picture Show," the last picture show is Howard Hawks' "Red River.") See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Brand: Suppose I told you there were half a dozen warrants out for his arrest right now. One for killing a man out of Silver City, Colorado, eight years ago with a knife. Another for killing four Chiricahua Indians.
Alexander Kain: Eight years ago? Well, that's ridiculous. The boy couldn't have been more than twelve years old!
Sheriff Brand: You don't judge a rattlesnake by his age. He's a rattler whether he's got one rattle or a dozen.
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Featured in Legends of the West (1992) See more »

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Small Doesn't Mean Wimpy
18 January 2011 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

The real attraction here is war hero Audie Murphy in one of his first starring roles. Naturally, the Western format best fit his military background and acting inexperience, so its no surprise that his movie career was built on a succession of similar B-oaters. Nonetheless, there would have been no Hollywood career, I believe, without his boyish good looks that had hardly faded at the point of his untimely death (1971). True, he was small, hardly imposing in the usual Hollywood style. But he could work up a cold-eyed stare with the best of them, and coming from that baby face, the contrast was especially startling. It's that disconnect between the boyish appearance and the intimidating manner that's so unusual.

The movie itself is unexceptional, supposedly based on historical fact; however, Hollywood has its own set of history books, particularly when it comes to Billy the Kid. The producers fortunately had the good sense to back up the inexperienced Murphy (he would loosen up with practice) with a strong supporting cast—Dekker, Geer, Strudwick, Barrat. On the other hand, there may be too much malt shop in Gale Storm for a Western, but visually she matches up well with Murphy. Anyway, there's enough Technicolor scenery, big shootouts, and even a slippery villain, to keep matinée fans like me happy.


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