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Unlike the the account given of Billy's life in Dirty Little Billy, biographies state that Billy the Kid, about whose early life few facts can be verified, was born Henry McCarty and only later changed his name to Billy Bonney. Dirty Little Billy marked the first film produced by Jack L. Warner since the 1967 picture Camelot, as well as Warner's first independent production since leaving Warner Bros. According to a January 1972 Hollywood Reporter news item, WGR/Dragoti, Ltd. was a subsidiary of the Wells, Rich and Green advertising agency, of which director and co-writer Stan Dragoti was the creative director. Charles Moss, who co-wrote the screenplay with Dragoti, was the president of the agency. Dirty Little Billy was a joint production of Warner and WGR/Dragoti, as well as the first production of WGR/Dragoti. Filmfacts noted that location shooting was done in and around Benson, AZ. Dirty Little Billy marked the feature film debut of actor Nick Nolte. There have been many films based on the life of Billy the Kid. For information on those films, please consult the entries for Billy the Kid and The Left Handed Gun (see entries above and below).