The Cimarron Kid

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The Cimarron Kid
Directed by Budd Boetticher
Produced by Ted Richmond
Starring Audie Murphy
Beverly Tyler
James Best
Release dates
  • 1952 (1952)
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1.25 million (US rentals)[1]

The Cimarron Kid is a 1952 Western film starring Audie Murphy.[2]


Bill Doolan (Audie Murphy) is released from jail and is going home on the train when it is held up by his boyhood friends, the Dalton Gang. Doolin finds himself accused of helping the crime and winds up an outlaw.



The film was the first Western from Budd Boetticher, who later became famous for his work in the genre. “I became a western director because they thought I looked like one and they thought I rode better than anyone else," said Boetticher later. "And I didn’t know anything about the west.” It was also the director's first film in color and his first under a long term contract with Universal Pictures.[3]

In the original script, Murphy's character died at the end of the movie. However, the studio decided to change it to reflect the actors's rising popularity.[4]


  1. ^ 'Top Box-Office Hits of 1952', Variety, January 7, 1953
  2. ^ The Cimarron Kid at Audie Murphy Memorial Site
  3. ^ Sean Axmaker, 'Ride Lonesome: The Career of Budd Boetticher', Senses of Cinema 7 February 2006 accessed 25 June 2012
  4. ^ Don Graham, No Name on the Bullet: The Biography of Audie Murphy, Penguin, 1989 p 224

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