Son Of Billy The Kid

  • 1949
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Western

Another in the series of Ron Ormond productions starring LaRue made following the demise of Producers Releasing Company, this quickie (the next entry in the series was released exactly two weeks later) avers that sheriff Pat Garrett never actually killed Billy the Kid in 1881. According to this film, the Kid survived, straightened out, and became a respectable,...read more

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Another in the series of Ron Ormond productions starring LaRue made following the demise of Producers Releasing Company, this quickie (the next entry in the series was released exactly two weeks later) avers that sheriff Pat Garrett never actually killed Billy the Kid in 1881. According to

this film, the Kid survived, straightened out, and became a respectable, honest banker. St. John--much plagued by the matrimonial quest of dance-hall girl Carr in the comedy-relief scenes--drives a stagecoach carrying gold shipments to meet the payroll for the coming railroad's construction

workers. The coach is attacked by bandits, including handsome young James, but the bandits are repelled with the help of a lone rider, LaRue, who happens along. The bandits are under the thumb of the supposedly respectable Frost, who hopes to bankrupt Baxter's bank so he can grab its land and

mortgages and squeeze the railroad out of cash. The bandits, thwarted in their attempts on the stagecoach, rob the bank, but are double-crossed by James, who grabs the gold and runs. Attempting again to hold up a shipment, the bandits are killed or captured through some trickery devised by LaRue;

rather than gold, the wagon holds armed deputies. Later, Baxter's secretary-niece, Colby, pulls a gun on the banker and reveals that she has been in league with Frost all along. Attempting to steal the contents of the bank's vault, she is disarmed by the mysterious James. Baxter reveals himself as

the onetime outlaw. James is the son of Billy the Kid, and joined the outlaw gang in order to save his father from their ravages. One unanswered question remains: is LaRue--as Jack Garrett--the son of Pat Garrett? We'll never know. The picture's poster read, "Dead or alive...he rode the plains of

the untamed West." When he rides, the film comes alive. When he talks, the film dies.

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