The Llano Kid


1h 9m 1939

Brief Synopsis

Lora Travers is the only person who can identify hold-up artist The Llano Kid and she persuades him to come in on a scheme with her and her husband. They have been searching for the long-lost son of a rich Mexican widow and they get the Kid to claim it is him. All goes according to plan until greed and jealousy raise their heads.

Film Details

Also Known As
The Double-Dyed Deceiver
Release Date
Dec 8, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Harry Sherman Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Location
Lone Pine, California, United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "A Double-Dyed Deceiver" by O. Henry in Everybody's Magazine (Dec 1905).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 9m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

Synopsis

A handsome Mexican bandit known as "The Llano Kid" is hired by Lora and John Travers, who are the only people who have seen him without his mask and are the corrupt managers of the largest ranch in Mexico, to pose as the ranch owner's long-lost son, Don Enrique. The Kid's impersonation fools the mother, widow Dona Teresa, who has complete faith in him and gives him the key to the family vault. Although the Kid is bored with ranch life, he stays for the Christmas celebration, during which John and Lora plan to rob the vault. The Kid prevents the robbery, but then flees to the city with the proceeds from the recent cattle sale. Lora follows the Kid to the city because she has fallen in love with him, but he ignores her. One day, the Kid realizes that he killed the real Enrique in a gun brawl, and feeling responsible for the family, returns to the ranch with the intention of forcing John and Lora to manage it honestly. Sheriff McLane awaits the Kid at the ranch, planning to arrest him for his many robberies, but his plans are interrupted when John and his gang raid the house. After robbing the safe, John kills Lora and takes Teresa hostage, forcing the Kid to give up his gun. As John tries to escape, McLane shoots him, thus saving Teresa and the family fortune. Recognizing the Kid's reformation, McLane informs Teresa that John was the Llano Kid, and the real Kid begins life anew with Teresa's adopted daughter Lupita as his fiancée.

Film Details

Also Known As
The Double-Dyed Deceiver
Release Date
Dec 8, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Harry Sherman Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Location
Lone Pine, California, United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "A Double-Dyed Deceiver" by O. Henry in Everybody's Magazine (Dec 1905).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 9m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

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Notes

The working title of this picture was The Double-Dyed Deceiver. A Hollywood Reporter production chart puts Harry Worth in the cast, but his participation in the final film has not been confirmed. According to news items in Hollywood Reporter, the film was shot on location at Lone Pine, CA. Tito Guizar's songs were recorded in English and Spanish for Latin American bookings, although the dialogue was recorded only in English. Another item in Hollywood Reporter adds that Jane Clayton's character's name was changed from "Conchita" to "Lupita" because the name "Conchita" carried "unsavory connotations" in South America. Other filmed adaptations of O. Henry's story include the 1920 Goldwyn Pictures film A Double-Eyed Deceiver, directed by Al Green and starring Jack Pickford and Marie Dunn (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20; F1.1090) and the 1930 Paramount film The Texan, directed by John Cromwell and starring Gary Cooper and Fay Wray (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.5581). Modern sources add Eddie Dean to the cast.