Billy the Kid (1941): David Miller’s Oscar Nominee, Starring Robert Taylor and Brian Donlevy

Billy the Kid, a color remake of the 1930 film, features Robert Taylor in the titular role and Brian Donlevy as a fictionalized version of Pat Garrett, renamed here “Jim Sherwood.”

Directed by David Miller and based on the book by Walter Noble Burns, the film also stars Gene Lockhart and Lon Chaney, Jr.

This version film was not as well received as the 1930 original, which had starred Johnny Mack Brown and Wallace Beery, and shot in experimental widescreen process.

Oscar Nominations: 1

Cinematography (Color): William V. Skall and Leonard Smith

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context:

In 1941, the Color Cinematography Oscar went to Ray Rennahan and Ernest Palmer for “Blood and Sand.”