Billy Two Hats
|Billy Two Hats|
|Directed by||Ted Kotcheff|
|Produced by||Norman Jewison|
Patrick J. Palmer
|Written by||Alan Sharp|
Desi Arnaz, Jr.
|Music by||John Scott|
|Edited by||Thom Noble|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
Following a bank robbery in the American west, the partner of Scottish outlaw Arch Deans is killed and his young Indian half breed friend Billy Two Hats is captured.
While Billy is being transported, Deans gets the drop on Sheriff Henry Gifford at a remote trading post, enabling Billy to escape. As they flee, the sheriff's friend, the trading post owner, named Copeland, takes down his old long-range buffalo rifle and fires a shot that kills Deans' horse, breaking his leg. Billy builds a travois on which Deans can ride, dragged behind Billy's horse.
Billy and Deans encounter Spencer and his wife, Esther, at their remote homestead. Deans persuades Spencer to take him in his wagon to get horses on the condition that Billy stay with Esther to protect her and the homestead from marauding Indians. Billy is also to keep a look out for the pursuing Gifford.
Billy and Esther spend their time together talking and develop romantic feelings for each other. Esther, a young mail-order bride from the East, is unhappy with her older abusive husband. She falls in love with the young good looking Billy. Gifford finds the two in bed together, assumes Billy raped the woman, becomes enraged, and beats him. Esther attempts to explain but can't because she stutters uncontrollably when distressed.
Deans and Spencer encounter trouble on the trail, four drunken Indians demand whiskey from them, ambush their wagon in a canyon, killing the horse and besiege them. Spencer is killed.
Gifford, Esther and Billy then set out after Deans. They find Deans near death. With Esther's help Billy kills Gifford. Deans dies of his wounds.
- Gregory Peck as Arch Deans
- Desi Arnaz, Jr. as Billy
- Jack Warden as Sheriff Henry Gifford
- David Huddleston as Copeland, Saloon Owner
- Sian Barbara Allen as Esther Spencer
- John Pearce as Spencer
- Dawn Little Sky as Copeland's Squaw
- W. Vincent St. Cyr as Indian Leader
- Henry Medicine Hat as Indian
- Zev Berlinsky as Indian
- Antony Scott as Indian
- Vic Armstrong as Harry Sweets Bradley