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August 13, 2017
Diverting western would be completely unmemorable except for the fact that it stars James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart. Cagney is the hero wanting revenge for the hanging of his father by Bogey. The film features a solid supporting cast that includes Donald Crisp and Ward Bond, which helps as well, but this film really could have been any number of routine Tim Holt westerns, except for maybe one song and dance number performed by Cagney.
½ September 23, 2016
Cagney in a western! Bogart co-stars as the villain in black. Despite the modern criticism this film receives, I found it quite enjoyable and with frequent moments of humor. Cagney delivers a speech which is quite anarchist in its spirit, explaining why he hasn't joined the landrush, or even taken time to observe it. Interesting stuff.
May 28, 2016
It is the late-1800s and the US government is buying land from Indians
in an area known as the Cherokee Strip, in the Oklahoma Territory. Gold
intended for the Indians is hijacked by the gang of Whip McCord (played
by Humphrey Bogart). The gang is in turn ambushed and robbed by Jim
"The Oklahoma Kid" Kincaid (James Cagney). This leads to a deadly feud
between McCord and Kincaid.

A good old-fashioned good guys vs bad guys western. Plot is fairly
basic, but works. Similarly the acting is a bit over-the-top, but
works. It is basically the swagger of James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart
that propels the movie, and makes it work. Makes it quite amusing at
times, too...

On a side note, this might actually be the first movie to include both
Cagney and Bogart, so the movie is of historical significance too.
March 15, 2015
A western novel "Destry rides again " was made into a movie starring James Stewart which did not follow the novels plot at all. However, "The Oklahoma Kid" follows that plot almost completrly.
½ January 25, 2015
I had trouble believing Cagney was not a gangster from Chicago and Bogart was not exactly the stereotypical western bad guy. It was interesting to see the fight scene and compare to the present.
Super Reviewer
½ January 23, 2015
Competently made but Cagney just doesn't make sense in the West.
½ August 14, 2012
more sad than funny the horribly miscast western stinks.
Super Reviewer
May 4, 2011
it was good to watch an old black and white movie and the technology available in those times compared to todays. Great to see a young Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney from where they were then,to where there acting careers took them today,so to speak.
December 15, 2009
Bogart is the bad guy here. Good stuff. If you like classic westerns you will love this one.
Super Reviewer
December 9, 2009
cagney pulls it off but bogie looks ridiculous. he had a rough time until the maltese falcon
December 9, 2009
An all right, over all western from Hollywood's Golden Age. Pretty good drama, surprisingly, and great entertainment from Cagney and Bogart in such rare performances.
½ December 7, 2009
Cagney and Bogart in the Panhandle? Roll it!
August 24, 2009
Bogart, Cagney- 1939
August 16, 2009
Don't know how I feel about Bogart in a cowboy hat but Jimmy Cagney was fun to watch.
½ August 1, 2008
Everyone goes on so much about how misplaced it was to place Cagney and Bogart in a western, but the characters they play are totally in line with the gangster figures they are more commonly associated with, and present compatible shadings of good and bad and lawlessness and justice that fit equally well into a western as well as a gangster picture. Some of the supporting characters are interesting in their moral shading too too, especially the judge (Donald Crisp). The film is extremely fast-paced, never boring and far more interesting than its reputation would have us believe. And Bogart and Cagney both inhabit their roles in their own, unique way.
July 30, 2008
excellent chase movie
June 5, 2008
I don't like to see Bogart playing a bad gay...
½ May 8, 2008
Good movie although it takes a while to swallow both Bogart and Cagney in a western - still think that Cagney looks almost comical (being as small as he is, he cuts a less thn imposing gunslinger). Darker in tone, than you would expect from similar films of the is still let-down slightly by the cheesy final scene.
April 8, 2008
It's your typical studio western (the stories of Cagney and Bogart's off-screen friction during this movie are more interesting than the movie itself), but there are a few somewhat unusual aspects to it, such as the death of certain major characters. Bogart was always a good heavy, and he's genuinely menacing in this.
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