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Billy the Kid Wanted

Billy the Kid rides into a small town lorded over by a swindling land barron.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 1 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1941
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)

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Description by OLDIES.com:

Billy the Kid and his pal Jeff help their sidekick Fuzzy Jones escape from jail, keeping one jump ahead the law as they head into Paradise Valley. The local homesteaders have been swindled by the Paradise Land Development Company, which is run by shady characters, Matt Brawley and Jack Saunders. Sympathetic to the settlers' plight, Billy devises a scheme aimed at driving a wedge between the two con men. But implementing the plan proves risky for Billy and his friends, who are in danger of being exposed and arrested.

As the first of Buster Crabbe's starring Westerns for Producers Releasing Corporation - and his first as Billy the Kid, taking over from Bob Steele - Billy the Kid Wanted exhibits better production values than later entries, obviously in a bid to get good booking for the series. Although he was best known as the screen's Flash Gordon, Crabbe was no stranger to B-grade horse operas, having appeared in many Zane Grey adaptations while under contract to Paramount in the 1930s. He immediately demonstrated great rapport with perennial sidekick Al St. John, and together they ultimately made the series far more popular than it had been with Steele in the title role. - Ed Hulse

Product Description:

Buster Crabbe makes his first appearance as frontier do-gooder Billy Carson in PRC's BILLY THE KID WANTED. The film also marked the first teaming of Crabbe with ineluctable comedy sidekick Al St. John. Like the previous "Billy the Kid" oaters with Bob Steele, this one begins with Billy and Fuzzy being accused of a crime they didn't commit. Together with fellow fugitive Jeff (Dave O'Brien), our heroes seek refuge with a group of sympathetic ranchers. From this vantage point, Billy is able to plan his strategy to expose land-grabber Saunders (Charles King) as the genuine culprit. Though shabbily produced, BILLY THE KID WANTED coasted by on the star power of Crabbe and St. John.

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Action | Outlaws

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  • Sales Rank: 2,520
  • UPC: 089218658791
  • Shipping Weight: 0.20/lbs (approx)
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