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Low-budget Jesse James

Jesse in the 1950s Jesse James remained through the 1950s, or at least until 1957, in the realm of the low-budget Western. Universal’s...

Fighting Man of the Plains (Fox, 1949)

Dale Robertson as Jesse James Back last April and May we were looking at Jesse James on the big screen, and how the Missouri outlaw has...

The Kid (Lionsgate, 2019)

Billy the Kid rides yet again We’ve nearly reached the end of our long and winding trail to find Billy the Kid. We’ll finish with a...

Gore Vidal’s Billy the Kid (TNT, 1989)

One of the better Billies After a flurry of Billy the Kid movies in the early 1970s (Chisum, Dirty Little Billy and Pat Garrett & Billy...

The age of Billy the Kid

Kids Just how old William Bonney was at the time of his activities and demise in New Mexico in July 1881 is not known for 100% certain....

Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (MGM, 1973)

Magnificent, moody, monumental Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (interesting that the characters were mentioned that way round) was probably,...

Dirty Little Billy (UA, 1972)

Deconstructing the Western hero The next screen Billy the Kid was as unlike its predecessor as it was possible to get. Dirty Little Billy...

Chisum (Warner Bros, 1970)

How a cattle baron won the Lincoln County War In 1965 John Wayne was recovering from quite drastic cancer surgery. The Western-loving...

The Left Handed Gun (WB, 1958)

Billy the Kid gets the art film treatment The (rather typical) Warner Brothers trailer for The Left Handed Gun trumpets that viewers will...

The Law vs Billy the Kid (Columbia, 1954)

Billy rides again There had been two ‘A-picture’ Billy the Kid movies from MGM, in 1930 and 1941, and the B-Western had also taken Billy...

The Kid from Texas (Universal, 1950)

Not the greatest start for Audie's Western career; still fun though You know the story, I’m sure, how America’s most decorated WWII...

The Outlaw (UA, 1943)

The worst ever Billy the Kid film While MGM was making Billy the Kid, in late 1940 and early 1941, another crew was putting together a...

Billy the Kid (MGM, 1941

Another so-so Billy from Metro As we have seen, MGM made the first talkie Billy the Kid movie, in 1930. It wasn’t very good, in fact,...

Billy the Kid in Texas (PRC, 1940)

Billy wears a star MGM made a big-budget Billy the Kid picture in 1930, and would do another in 1941, but between these two, the...

Billy the Kid Returns (Republic, 1938)

Roy is Billy It was inevitable that once Billy the Kid became a national character, which Walter Noble Burns’s 1920s bestseller The Saga...

Billy the Kid (MGM, 1930)

The first talkie Billy As we were saying yesterday, in our post on Billy the Kid as legend (click the link for that) there were a couple...

Billy the Kid in fact and fiction 10

The Legend As happened with Jesse James, Billy’s contemporary, the legend began immediately. The press hysteria over Bonney was quickly...

 

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