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Billy the Kid's Gun Justice (1940)

The third in the series of six PRC westerns starring Bob Steele as Billy the Kid (Bob Steele, finds Billy and his pals, Jeff Blanchard (Carleton Young) and Fuzzy Jones (Al St. John) ... See full summary »


Sam Newfield (as Peter Stewart)


Tom Gibson (original screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Bob Steele ... Billy the Kid
Al St. John ... Fuzzy
Louise Currie ... Ann Roberts
Carleton Young ... Jeff Blanchard
Charles King ... Henchman Ed Baker (as Charlie King)
Rex Lease ... Henchman Buck
Kenne Duncan ... Henchman Bragg (as Ken Duncan)
Forrest Taylor ... Tom Roberts
Ted Adams ... Sheriff - main part
Al Ferguson Al Ferguson ... Cobb Allen (as Al Purguson)
Karl Hackett Karl Hackett ... Attorney Martin (as Carl Hackett)
Edward Peil Sr. ... Dave Barlow (as Ed Peil Sr.)
Julian Rivero ... Carlos
Blanca Vischer ... Juanita (as Blanca Visher)


The third in the series of six PRC westerns starring Bob Steele as Billy the Kid (Bob Steele, finds Billy and his pals, Jeff Blanchard (Carleton Young) and Fuzzy Jones (Al St. John) ambushed in a cabin and, as they are making their getaway, Jeff is wounded. They go to Little Bend Valley where Jim Blanchard, Jeff's uncle, has a ranch. On their way, there see Ed Baker (Charles King0 and Buck Mason (Rex Lease) stop the wagon driven by Ann Roberts (Louise Currie). Billy stops the two henchmen from throwing the supplies from the wagon. Ann tells Billy that she and her father, Tom Roberts (Forrest Taylor), have bought a ranch but that someone is trying to run them out of the valley. They ride with Ann and Jeff is surprised to see that the Roberts' are living on what was formerly his uncle's ranch. The Roberts had only been there a short time, had never met Jim Blanchard, and after buying the ranch from Cobb Allen (Al Ferguson) learned they had no water rights. Billy also learns that other ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

27 December 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Billy e a Justiça See more »

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1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecasts of this film took place in Detroit Saturday 14 August 1948 on WWJ (Channel 4) and in Baltimore Saturday 28 August 1948 on WBAL (Channel 11); in the New York City area it first aired Thursday 10 March 1949 on WATV (Channel 13), which broadcast from Newark, New Jersey, and was the first independent television station in the New York City market. It was first telecast in Albuquerque Tuesday 2 August 1949 on KOB (Channel 4), and in Chicago Tuesday 2 February 1950 on WGN (Channel 9). See more »


When plans are being made to bring in a new railroad construction foreman and then kill him and pin the blame on Billy, Buck calls the man the new construction "former" instead of "foreman". See more »


Version of Repertory Theatre: The Death of Billy the Kid (1955) See more »

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Even with the stupid Billy the Kid angle, it's an awfully good B-western
18 May 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Billy the Kid's Gun Justice" sure surprised me. I was set to hate the film but ended up enjoying it quite a bit. Why was I so prepared to dislike the film? Well, it was made by PRC--a tiny production company known for making crappy films. Additionally, I HATE films that idolize western villains like Billy the Kid, Jesse James and the rest. These films completely fictionalize these real life killers--making them heroes! It's all complete bull! But, oddly, the film manages to overcome all this because the plot was clever...and that's something you usually don't see in B-westerns.

Billy and his friends, Jeff (Carleton Young) and Fuzzy (Al St. John) are headed to the ranch owned by Jeff's uncle. However, when they arrive they find a nice family is living there and they've never heard of the uncle. They insist that they were sold the property by a scum-bag named Allen (Al Ferguson). And, it turns out Allen has been cheating all the local homesteaders by selling them property he doesn't even own and then denying them water rights! So, it's up to our trio of heroes to save the day. None of this is unusual for a B and the plot is pretty familiar. However, HOW they resolve all this is what makes the film so interesting. It is NOT settled with guns but with brains--imagine that!

Overall, it's well made and worth seeing just to see Fuzzy's cool drunk scene. Well worth your time and like most of Bob Steele's westerns, full of fist fights!

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