Young Billy Young

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Young Billy Young
Young Billy Young.jpg
Directed by Burt Kennedy
Written by Heck Allen (novel)
Burt Kennedy
Starring Robert Mitchum
Angie Dickinson
Robert Walker, Jr.
David Carradine
Jack Kelly
Paul Fix
Music by Shelly Manne
Cinematography Harry Stradling, Jr.
Edited by Otho Lovering
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • 1969 (1969)
Running time
89 min
Country United States
Language English

Young Billy Young is a 1969 western movie starring Robert Mitchum and featuring Angie Dickinson, Robert Walker, Jr. (in the title role), David Carradine, Jack Kelly (who plays a villain and dresses exactly as he had for his role on television's Maverick), Deana Martin and Paul Fix. The film was written by Heck Allen (from his novel) and Burt Kennedy, and directed by Kennedy. The theme song is sung by Mitchum.


On the trail, Ben Kane, a former Dodge City lawman, comes across Billy Young, who has no horse and was abandoned by partner Jesse Boone soon after the killing of a Mexican general.

Kane lets young Billy accompany him to a town in New Mexico where he has a job waiting for him as deputy sheriff. Kane's real aim is to find the man who murdered his son.

In town, Kane learns from dance-hall girl Lily Beloit that two men who run the town, John Behan and Frank Boone, secretly intend to gun down Kane first chance they get. Frank Boone may be the one Kane is looking for, but Jesse, who is Frank's son, lands in jail first, accused of shooting Doc Cushman.

Kane and Lily become lovers. Billy, meanwhile, springs Jesse from jail, but feels guilty once Lily reveals to him what happened to Kane's son. After he deals with Behan and the older Boone, the deputy turns in his badge, but recommends Billy for the job.



The movie was filmed on location at Old Tucson, Arizona.


Howard Thompson of the New York Times thought the movie seemed like a mediocre television show, however he found Mitchum and Robert Walker Jr. entertaining: "The picture .. contains two casually expert performances by two professionals, namely Mitchum and young Walker, who also share some tangy, amusing dialogue. Even in a walk-through set-up, Mitchum can do laconic wonders with a good wise-crack, such as the devastating one that closes the picture."[1]


  1. ^ Howard Thompson, "Young Billy Young" Oct. 16, 1969

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