Billy the Kid

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The tall and virile Johnny Mack Brown portrays the short and dyspeptic outlaw William Bonney, a.k.a. Billy the Kid. Wallace Beery is more effectively cast as Pat Garrett, the sheriff who's sworn to bring in Billy dead or alive despite his grudging friendship for the young killer. Hardly the "homicidal moron" described by western historians, the movie's Billy has a certain amount of charm, though he's shown to be a cold-blooded killer when the opportunity arises. The film's ending was shot twice: One ending retained fidelity to the facts by having Garrett kill Billy, while the other denouement allowed Billy to ride into the sunset, as Garrett beatifically looked on. Over the protests of western purists, the second ending was used in the American release version, though the more tragic climax was seen by European audiences. Billy the Kid was originally released in a 70mm widescreen process called Realife; to avoid confusion with MGM's 1941 Billy the Kid, the earlier film has been retitled The Highwayman Rides for television. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Johnny Mack Brown
as William H. 'Billy the Kid' Bonney
Kay Johnson
as Claire Randall
Wallace Beery
as Deputy Sheriff Pat Garrett
Karl Dane
as Swenson
Blanche Frederici
as Mrs. McSween
Roscoe Ates
as Old Stuff
James Marcus
as Donovan
King Vidor
as Man at Bar
Nelson McDowell
as Track Hatfield
Jack Carlyle
as Dick Brewer
John Beck
as Butterworth
Marguerita Padula
as Nicky Whoosiz
Aggie Herring
as Mrs. Hatfield
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