Cast & Crew
Al "fuzzy" St. John
While waiting at a ranch house for their friend Billy the Kid to return, Fuzzy complains to Jeff that although Billy has not broken any laws, he gets blamed whenever anybody robs a bank, and every sheriff in the state is looking for him. Billy shows up with a posse in pursuit, and the three men manage a narrow escape. Later, at their campsite, Fuzzy finds a flyer advertising the new Paradise Valley land development and, tired of life on the run, decides to settle down and become a dirt farmer. After leaving his companions, Fuzzy stops at Stan Harper's house, but finds only Stan's little son Joey there, taking care of his sick mother Jane. When Stan returns, he tells Fuzzy that he and the other homesteaders in the area have been swindled by the unscrupulous Matt Brawley, president of the land company, who uses his water rights and company store to keep them all in debt. In town, meanwhile, Brawley is visited at his office by Jack Saunders, leader of a gang of outlaws, who demands a piece of the action. Brawley replies that he no longer needs Saunders to provide enforcement because he now has the sheriff working for him. Fuzzy then gets into a fight with Brawley, which lands him in jail, but he sends a note to Billy and Jeff, who help him escape. They flee to Stan's house, where Billy is moved by Stan's plight and decides to help by stealing supplies from the company store and delivering them to the homesteaders. The next morning, Brawley asks Saunders to get Billy out of the way, then summons Billy and offers to pay him to kill Saunders. Knowing that Saunders would be no match for Billy in a gunfight, Brawley instructs the sheriff to have his deputies standing by to arrest Billy for murder, thus taking care of both of his problems at once. Before the duel can take place, however, Jeff publicly denounces Billy as a double-crossing murderer and aligns himself with Saunders, telling him that Billy and Brawley had plotted to kill him. Billy tells Brawley the same story about Jeff and Saunders, and, along with the sheriff's posse, they raid Saunders hideout, where they are ambushed. Billy watches the shootout from the sidelines, then rejoins the posee as they ride off. Jeff leads Saunders and his gang in a return attack, and they also ride into an ambush. Billy tells the homesteaders that the two sides will eventually whittle each other down, at which point they must organize themselves and take over. When Jeff fails to meet Fuzzy as planned, Billy rides off to rescue him, but he is captured by Saunders and his gang just as Brawley and the posse arrive. Brawley and Saunders order the men to fight each other to the death, but Billy manages to get to his gun and shoot Saunders. Fuzzy then arrives with a band of homesteaders, and order is restored, as Stan is appointed the new sheriff. Later, Billy, Jeff and Fuzzy bid goodbye to the Harper family and ride off to their next adventure.
Al "fuzzy" St. John
The working title of this film was Billy the Kid's Oklahoma Justice. Hollywood Reporter production charts include Joan Barclay and Dennis Moore in the cast, but their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Modern sources add Curley Dresden, Wally West, Pascale Perry, Reed Howes, Art Dillard, Steve Clark, Chick Hannon, Arch Hall, George Morrell and Ray Henderson to the cast. The film marked Buster Crabbe's first appearance as "Billy" in PRC's "Billy the Kid" series. For additional information on the series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry for Billy the Kid Outlawed in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.0341.