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The Left Handed Gun (1958) was a Western - Western Film directed by Arthur Penn and produced by Fred Coe.

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The Left Handed Gun (1958)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Apr 16, 2019 From 4 Star Films

Few figures in the West have the mystique in western lore as Billy the Kid, aside from a few prominent names like Wyatt Earp, Butch Cassidy, Jesse James, etc. Billy Joel even famously penned a tune chronicling the life of the outlaw. Part of the allure, no doubt, has to do with his youth and the cas... Read full article

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Billy The Kid: They had me dead! That amnesty - that's for THEM! For Moon and hill and Grant! They walk around! I'm buried! They put dimes on my eyes!

Celsa: Stay here. They'll kill you!
Billy The Kid: They've been killin' me. Now I don't wait. I go first!
Celsa: What are you going to do?
Billy The Kid: I don't run. I don't hide. I go where I want. I DO what I want!
[He puts scarf around her neck and pulls her toward him in a provocative way]

Moultrie: [when he sees Billy] I knew you weren't dead!

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Interestingly, the title of this movie promotes a common misconception that was proved untrue in 1986. Two almost identical tintypes of Billy the Kid were taken at the same time in 1880. The original of one tintype disappeared years ago. The second original tintype was preserved for years in the Sam Diedrick family and came to light only in 1986. Since tintypes are reversed images, the picture from the first tintype led to the myth of the left-handed gun. After the second tintype came to light, the reversed image was reversed to show the Kid as he actually posed, with a Winchester carbine in the left hand and his holstered Colt single-action on his right hip. See Utley, Robert M., Billy the Kid, A Short and Violent Life, University of Nebraska Press, 1989. Statement following page 110 alongside the picture of Billy the Kid.
First film for producer Fred Coe.
James Dean was signed to play Billy the Kid in this picture but the role was given to Paul Newman after Dean's death. It was the second role Newman inherited from Dean (who had also been signed to star in Somebody Up There Likes Me).
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