Did you know that the first actor to play Billy the Kid in a movie was a woman? That's right, silent star Edith Storey played the title role in Billy the Kid -- which had nothing to do with the real Billy the Kid.
But that's Hollywood for you.
Learn all about Hollywood's love affair with William H. Bonney (which wasn't his real name, either), alias Billy the Kid, and the myriad actors who have played him -- Johnny Mack Brown, Bob Steele, Robert Taylor, Audie Murphy, Clu Gulager, Kris Kristofferson, Emilio Estevez, just to name a few -- and the trials and tribulations of getting those movies made.
A comprehensive filmography, this book is composed of lengthy entries on about 75 films depicting the legendary New Mexico outlaw known as Billy the Kid -- from the lost silent Billy the Kid (1911) to the blockbuster Young Guns (1988) to the direct-to-video 1313: Billy the Kid (2012) -- and everything in between.
Each entry gives a synopsis, cast and credits, critical reception, and a discussion of the events of the films compared to the historical record.
Among the entries are made-for-TV and direct-to-video films, foreign features, and continuing television series in which Billy the Kid made an appearance.
Billy the Kid on Film
McFarland, 2013
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