Billy the Kid Outlawed


1940

Film Details

Release Date
Jul 20, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Producers Releasing Corp.; Sigmund Neufeld Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Producers Releasing Corp.
Country
United States

Synopsis

In the town of Lincoln City, New Mexico, the law of the gun prevails. Behind the climate of lawlessness are Pete Morgan and Sam Daly, the owners of the general store. To consolidate their control of Lincoln City, Daly is running for sheriff, and his only opposition is from Bob and Hall Bennett, law-abiding cattle ranchers. Upon learning that the Bennetts are planning to request federal protection, Morgan orders the brothers murdered in cold blood. Shortly after, Billy the Kid, on a cattle drive with his friends, Jeff Travis and Fuzzy Jones, decides to stop and visit his old friends the Bennetts. At the ranch, Billy learns that the brothers were murdered by a gang led by Lije Ellis. Shorty, one of the Bennett's cowhands accompanies Billy to town, where he points out Lije, Tex and Whitey, all employed by Morgan and Daly. When Billy accuses the trio of murder, a gunfight ensues. The shots spook a team of horses pulling a stagecoach, and Billy gallops off after the runaway coach. After a long chase, Billy brings the coach to a halt and introduces himself to the passengers, Molly Fitzgerald and her father John. When Billy recognizes John as a judge, John confides that he has been sent by the U.S. Department of Justice to oversee the enforcement of the law in Lincoln County. But when the judge gets in Daly and Morgan's way, they order him killed, and the subsequent election of Daly as sheriff ends any hope of instituting law and order. Daly's first official act is to declare Billy, Jeff and Fuzzy outlaws, and after a fierce gun battle, the trio leave town. An embittered Billy vows to exact his own brand of justice on the cutthroats and killers. Irrevocably outlawed after robbing Morgan and Daly's operations, Billy sees the reward offered for his capture climb. Meanwhile, Morgan and Daly, realizing that Billy presents a threat to their operation, ask Molly and David Hendricks, the judge's law partner, to act as intermediaries in offering Billy a pardon. Billy's suspicions about Daly and Morgan's motives prove well founded when, as he approaches the ranch, Morgan's men open fire. In the ensuing battle, Morgan and Daly perish, and their men surrender. Billy, unable to trust anyone ever again, refuses to believe David's assurances that the pardon is genuine, and instead rides off to face his destiny.

Film Details

Release Date
Jul 20, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Producers Releasing Corp.; Sigmund Neufeld Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Producers Releasing Corp.
Country
United States

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Notes

Although the copyright records credit Karl Hackett with the role of "Sheriff Long," pressbooks and The Exhibitor credit Hal Price with the role. This was the first film in the "Billy the Kid" series which PRC produced from 1940-43. The series consisted of eighteen films. Bob Steele starred as Billy in the first five films and in 1941, Buster Crabbe took over the role. Al St. John was featured as Billy's sidekick "Fuzzy" in all the films. For additional information on the series, consult the Series Index.