The Kid from Texas

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For the 1939 film directed by S. Sylvan Simon, see The Kid from Texas (1939 film).
The Kid from Texas
Directed by Kurt Neumann
Produced by Paul Short
Written by Robert Hardy Andrews
Karl Kamb
Based on a story by Robert Hardy Andrews
Starring Audie Murphy
Gale Storm
Music by Milton Schwarzwald
Cinematography Charles Van Enger
Edited by Frank Gross
Release dates
  • 1950 (1950)
Running time
78 mins
Country United States
Language English

The Kid from Texas is a 1950 Western starring Audie Murphy as Billy the Kid and details his involvement in the Lincoln County War. It was Murphy's first Western.[1]


The film starts 11 July 1879 in Lincoln County, New Mexico Territory. A group of men who work for Major Harper, led by gunslinger Minniger, attempt to arrest rancher Alexander Kain and his English partner Jameson. They are stopped by William Bonney, aka Billy the Kid, who shoots and injures them.

Jameson offers Billy a job as a ranch hand. A drunken group of Harper's men attack the ranch and kill Jameson. Billy goes on a killing rampage, encouraged by the manipulative Kain, who publicly decries Billy's efforts. Governor Lew Wallace offers Billy a pardon which he turns down. Pat Garrett is sent to catch Billy.


Production notes[edit]

The film fictionalises the true events of the Lincoln County War but follows the basic facts. Jameson (Shepperd Strudwick) is based on John Tunstall and Alexander Kain (Albert Dekker) on Alexander McSween.

Murphy was cast after his performance as a juvenile delinquent in Bad Boy, with Billy the Kid being depicted as a 19th-century juvenile delinquent. J. Edgar Hoover offered to narrate the film.[2]


  1. ^ The Kid from Texas at the Audie Murphy Memorial Site
  2. ^ Hedda Hopper, 'Audie Murphy Set as 'Kid From Texas' ', Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 8 September 1948: A6.

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