Billy the Kid Trapped
Sigmund Neufeld for PRC
directed by Sam Newfield (as Sherman Scott)
starring Buster Crabbe (= Larry Crabbe), Al St. John, Malcolm Bud McTaggart, Anne Jeffreys, Glenn Strange, Walter McGrail, Ted Adams, Jack Ingram, Milton Kibbee, Eddie Phillips, Budd Buster, George Chesebro, Ralph Bucko, Ray Henderson, Wally West, Richard Cramer
written by Joseph O'Donnell
Billy the Kid, Fuzzy, Billy the Kid (Buster Crabbe), PRC's Billy the Kid
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Billy the Kid (Buster Crabbe) and his friends Fuzzy (Al St.John) and
Jeff (Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart) are in prison and waiting to be hanged for
a murder they didn't commit, when a gang unknown to them breaks them free
- and the gang doesn't even stick around and wait for Billy and friends to
thank them, they just vanish. Billy and company are puzzled, but in no
mood to stick around and investigate, since they only would be recaptured.
gang behind the jailbreak is led by Boss Stanton (Glenn Strange), who has
three men dressed up as Billy and his pals to commit all sorts of crimes
and firmly put the blame on Billy. Of course, this scheme only works as
long as Billy and friends stay alive.
Soon enough, Billy and pals
stumble across Sheriff Masters (Ted Adams), a lawman who was shot when
going after the fake Billy, and now the real Billy saves his life - and in
return learns about the operations of Stanton, who more or less rules over
Billy and pals arrive in Mesa City and do a little
investigating that soon gets Stanton and gang all jittery, so they gun
down the Sheriff and make one of their own the new Sheriff in town, and
see to it that the local judge (Milton Kibbee), who is on Stanton's
payroll, sets all of Stanton's men free and gets some dirt on Billy.
Eventually, Billy the Kid and gang are arrested, too, and Stanton and gang
prepare to shoot them, when Sheriff Masters shows up to claim them as his
prisoners. Stanton doesn't have any real objections since he figures that
will take the problem of his hands without him have to dirty his own hands
... but Masters has only arrested them to free them from Stanton,
and now they decide to secretly chase the crooked judge out of town and
bring an honest one (Walter McGrail) in instead - but before they do that,
they advertise it all over town, just to make sure that Stanton and gang
will try to intercept the stagecoach delivering the judge. In the
stagecoach, Billy and friends lie in waiting of course, and ultimately it
all ends happily.
Nothing great, but a solid routine B-Western
with Buster Crabbe once again making a likeable hero and Al St.John once
again proving himself one of the best cowboy sidekicks in the biz, as his
comedy is incorporated into the actual story rather than tacked on without
much rhyme or reason.