Billy the Kid (1930)

95 mins | Western | 18 October 1930

Director:

King Vidor

Cinematographer:

Gordon Avil

Editor:

Hugh Wynn

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

For information on the historical person known as Billy the Kid and films made about him, please consult entry for the 1941 M-G-M production Billy the Kid , directed by David Miller and starring Robert Taylor and Brian ... More Less

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BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
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Film Daily
12 Mar 1930
p. 11.
Film Daily
31 Mar 1930
p. 4.
Film Daily
15 Apr 1930
p. 8.
Film Daily
22 Apr 1930
p. 6.
Film Daily
4 May 1930
p. 4.
Film Daily
19 Oct 1930
p. 11.
Hollywood Filmograph
5 Apr 1930
p. 32.
Hollywood Filmograph
12 Apr 1930
p. 25.
Hollywood Filmograph
19 Apr 1930
p. 27.
Hollywood Filmograph
10 May 1930
p. 16.
Hollywood Filmograph
31 May 1930
p. 32.
Hollywood Filmograph
14 Jun 1930
p. 23.
Inside Facts of Stage and Screen
5 Apr 1930
p. 3.
Motion Picture News
22 Feb 1930
p. 17.
Motion Picture News
15 Mar 1930
p. 39.
Motion Picture News
10 May 1930
p. 48.
Motion Picture News
19 Jul 1930
p. 54.
Motion Picture News
16 Aug 1930
p. 47.
Motion Picture News
23 Aug 1930
p. 25.
Motion Picture News
30 Aug 1930
p. 31.
Motion Picture News
20 Sep 1930
p. 20.
Motion Picture News
4 Oct 1930
p. 30.
Motion Picture News
18 Oct 1930
p. 27.
New York Times
18 Oct 1930
p. 23.
New Yorker
25 Oct 1930
p. 77.
Screenland
Sep 1930
p. 97.
Variety
1 May 1929
p. 7.
Variety
15 Jan 1930
p. 14.
Variety
5 Mar 1930
p. 68.
Variety
9 Apr 1930
p. 11.
Variety
16 Apr 1930
p. 18.
Variety
7 May 1930
p. 24.
Variety
22 Oct 1930
p. 23.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
Addl dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Ward
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Saga of Billy the Kid by Walter Noble Burns (Garden City, NY, 1926).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Saga
Release Date:
18 October 1930
Premiere Information:
Detroit premiere: 16 October 1930
New York opening: 17 October 1930
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.
Copyright Date:
23 October 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1671
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
gauge
35mm and 70mm (Realife).
Widescreen/ratio
1.18:1 and 2.13:1
Duration(in mins):
95
Length(in feet):
8,808
Length(in reels):
11
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Cattlemen Tunston and McSween arrive in a territory "governed" by Hatfield, and despite his orders that they move on, they decide to remain in the valley. Billy the Kid is caught stealing cattle and is about to be hanged by Tunston when the cattleman decides that he would be a welcome addition to his forces. Billy becomes devoted to Tunston, and when Tunston is killed in an open fight with Ballinger, Hatfield's henchman, the Kid decides to kill every man who took part in the fight, particularly for the sake of Claire, Tunston's intended wife. McSween, Billy, and his friends are trapped by Sheriff Garrett in McSween's house, and after extended gunplay, McSween tries to surrender and is killed; the house is set afire, and only Billy shoots his way clear and escapes. Although General Wallace discusses a treaty with Billy, offering him amnesty, he retreats to a cave in the hills, where he is trapped by Garrett. Billy escapes from jail but is shot by Garrett when he returns to see ... +


Cattlemen Tunston and McSween arrive in a territory "governed" by Hatfield, and despite his orders that they move on, they decide to remain in the valley. Billy the Kid is caught stealing cattle and is about to be hanged by Tunston when the cattleman decides that he would be a welcome addition to his forces. Billy becomes devoted to Tunston, and when Tunston is killed in an open fight with Ballinger, Hatfield's henchman, the Kid decides to kill every man who took part in the fight, particularly for the sake of Claire, Tunston's intended wife. McSween, Billy, and his friends are trapped by Sheriff Garrett in McSween's house, and after extended gunplay, McSween tries to surrender and is killed; the house is set afire, and only Billy shoots his way clear and escapes. Although General Wallace discusses a treaty with Billy, offering him amnesty, he retreats to a cave in the hills, where he is trapped by Garrett. Billy escapes from jail but is shot by Garrett when he returns to see Claire. +

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