Young Billy Young
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|Young Billy Young|
|Directed by||Burt Kennedy|
|Written by||Heck Allen (novel)
Robert Walker, Jr.
|Music by||Shelly Manne|
|Cinematography||Harry Stradling, Jr.|
|Edited by||Otho Lovering|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
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.
- Robert Mitchum ... Deputy Ben Kane
- Angie Dickinson ... Lily Beloit
- Robert Walker, Jr. ... Billy Young
- David Carradine ... Jesse Boone
- Jack Kelly ... John Behan
- John Anderson ... Frank Boone
- Paul Fix ... Charlie (stagecoach driver)
- Willis Bouchey ... Doc Cushman
- Parley Baer ... Bell
- Robert Anderson ... Gambler (billed as Bob Anderson)
- Rodolfo Acosta ... Mexican officer
- Deana Martin ... Evie
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."
- Howard Thompson, "Young Billy Young" Oct. 16, 1969 http://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9903E7DA1F30E73BBC4E52DFB6678382679EDE
- Young Billy Young at the Internet Movie Database
- Young Billy Young at AllMovie
- Young Billy Young at the TCM Movie Database
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