The Law vs. Billy the Kid

The Law vs. Billy the Kid is a 1954 Western film starring Scott Brady as Billy the Kid. It was directed by William Castle.[2]

The Law vs. Billy the Kid
Directed byWilliam Castle
Produced bySam Katzman
Written byBernard Gordon
John T. Williams (Blacklist front for Bernard Gordon)[1]
Janet Stevenson (play) (originally uncredited)
Philip Stevenson (play) (originally uncredited)
StarringScott Brady
Betta St. John
CinematographyHenry Freulich
Edited byAaron Stell
Release date
August 1, 1954
Running time
72 minutes


Cheated out of a day's pay, William Bonney takes his money anyway and rides off. He kills one of the men who pursues him and soon becomes better known in the territory as Billy the Kid.

Pat Garrett, a cowboy who considers Billy a friend, finds him a job at British land baron John Tunstall's giant ranch in New Mexico. Rustlers are causing Tunstall trouble and he asks Garrett and Billy to help protect his property. Billy tries to go straight, partly because he's fallen in love with a local beauty, Nita Maxwell.

Bob Olinger, a brutal foreman, takes a dislike to Billy and beats him up. Olinger also goes to a crooked lawman, Watkins, to dig up a wanted poster on Billy and insist on his arrest.

A posse comes looking for Billy and kills Tunstall by mistake. Billy guns down the man who pulled the trigger. The governor of New Mexico wants to replace Watkins and asks Garrett to take the job. Garrett declines until the governor vows to institute martial law and have Billy shot on sight. Billy tries to go along with Garrett peaceably, but others like Olinger demand that he hang.

Billy kills Olinger and flees. He tries to get to Nita with a wedding ring and a proposal they begin a new life in Mexico, but then he is shot dead by Garrett.



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