The Left Handed Gun (1958)

 


 

This is William Bonney, a juvenile "tough" from the back-alleys of New York… a teenager wanted dead or alive throughout the West. This is the screen's first real story of the strange teen-age desperado known to legend as "Billy the Kid"… See »

After his employer is murdered by rival cattlemen, a troubled and uneducated young cowboy vows revenge on the murderers, Full summary »

Genre: Biography,Western

The Left Handed Gun (1958)
   
Release Date: 26 September 1958 (France)
Country: USA
Director: Arthur Penn
Cast:
  • Paul Newman
  • Lita Milan
  • John Dehner
  • Hurd Hatfield
  • James Congdon
  • James Best
  • Colin Keith-Johnston
  • John Dierkes
  • Robert Anderson
  • Wally Brown
  • Ainslie Pryor
  • Martin Garralaga
  • Denver Pyle
  • Paul Smith
  • Nestor Paiva


6 Responses to The Left Handed Gun (1958)

  1. dysfunky
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    …he would have MADE this movie. He would have been Billy the Kid.

    "Film will only become an art when its materials are as inexpensive as pencil and paper." – Jean Cocteau

  2. TOMASBBloodhound
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    So is Young Guns a lot like this, only with weaker brat-pack actors? The plot sounds the same.

  3. mlraymond
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    I would like to know what other viewers think about this character. He appears a number of times at significant moments in Billy the Kid’s career, ranging from Billy whooping it up in a saloon, playing the music machine, to Billy gunning down Sheriff Brady and Morton, to Moultrie crashing Pete Maxwell’s party, to appearing outside Billy’s jail cell with a basket of gifts, to witnessing Billy’s death, after telling Sheriff Pat Garrett where to find the Kid. He seems to be a sort of Old West groupie, star struck by Billy’s supposed glory, with an underlying suggestion of a homosexual attraction. There is an unmistakeable reference to the New Testament account of the death of Jesus Christ, with Moultrie as the Judas figure who betrays Billy/Christ to the authorities, after becoming disillusioned with him.

    Any thoughts about this, or the movie in general, Arthur Penn as a director, etc?

    And when he crossed the bridge, the phantoms came to meet him

  4. teejay6682
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    i’m not sure at times newman was the best choice for the part but i still think he did a good job.

  5. Mr_McLaurel
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    Warner Bros, in the days of the studio system, were known primarily for their gritty film noirs and gangster thrillers. But this is a western that has much of the same feel as those other movies. Paul Newman is great as Billy The Kid, fitting since the rest of the cast is great as well.

    What’s the Spanish for drunken bum?

  6. Dicky_Hart
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    the guy that hires him has an obvious scottish accent, and ayrshire is in Scotland, just watched it on TV today. Small matter I know, but Scotland is not England

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