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Billy the Kid in Santa Fe (1941)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 11 July 1941 (USA)
After being framed for murder, Billy escapes jail with the help of his pals Jeff and Fuzzy. They travel to Santa Fe where they meet up again with Joe Benson, the man paid by Barton to lie ... See full summary »


Sam Newfield (as Sherman Scott)


Joseph O'Donnell (story and screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Bob Steele ... Billy the Kid
Al St. John ... Fuzzy Jones (as Al 'Fuzzy' St. John)
Rex Lease ... Jeff
Marin Sais ... Pat Walker
Dennis Moore ... Silent Don Benson
Karl Hackett Karl Hackett ... Bert Davis
Steve Clark ... Allen
Hal Price ... Carlton City Sheriff
Charles King ... Steve Barton (as Charlie King)
Frank Ellis Frank Ellis ... Henchman Hank Baxter
Dave O'Brien ... Texas Joe
Kenne Duncan ... Henchman Scotty (as Ken Duncan)


After being framed for murder, Billy escapes jail with the help of his pals Jeff and Fuzzy. They travel to Santa Fe where they meet up again with Joe Benson, the man paid by Barton to lie at Billy's trial. This time Joe is framed for murder. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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KILLERS MEET...and Somebody Drops When Hired Thugs match Wits With Billy The Kid!


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Release Date:

11 July 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Billy em Santa Fé See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film's earliest documented telecast occurred Saturday 24 March 1945 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). In Baltimore it first aired Saturday 21 August 1948 on WBAL (Channel 11), in Dayton Saturday 14 May 1949 on WHIO (Channel 13), in Cincinnati Tuesday 2 August 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11), and in Albuquerque Tuesday 30 August 1949 on KOB (Channel 4). See more »


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While I hate the historical inaccuracies, I did appreciate the way the story was told.
17 October 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is my first Bob Steele film and I am sure it won't be my last. While I have watched dozens and dozens of Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and other B-westerns, I never got around to a Steele film and I am glad I finally did. While Steele is NOT a handsome or super-charismatic leading man, he was solid and the film was entertaining--even if it played fast and loose with the facts from a historical point of view. In fact, this is my one big gripe--that so many B-westerns portrayed William Bonny (Billy the Kid) as a hero and not a low-down skunk killer that he really was. Here in "Billy the Kid in Santa Fe", he's actually a lawman and upholds justice!!! What were those writers smoking?!

The film begins with Billy getting convicted of a crime he never committed. The leaders of the town know he's innocent and have conspired to hand him--but fortunately Billy and his sidekicks are too smart and manage to escape their clutches. Now, in another town, they help to bring law and order to the place and Billy becomes sheriff!!! What exactly comes next is something you'll need to see for yourself, though I must admit I really liked the final 15 minutes of the film. I also liked the sort of sidekick Al 'Fuzzy' St. John played here. I've seen him play worthless and dopey sidekicks for other cowboys but here he is NOT comic relief but very smart and capable! Overall, enjoyable even if the history teacher within me balks at the notion of making Billy the Kid anything other than a lawless jerk.

UPDATE: After posting this review, I noticed that Steele made several more Billy the Kid films. I'll be seeing these and posting reviews sometime in the near future.

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