Young Billy Young

Young Billy Young
Directed by Burt Kennedy
Written by Heck Allen (novel)
Burt Kennedy
Starring Robert Mitchum
Angie Dickinson
Robert Walker, Jr.
David Carradine
Jack Kelly
Paul Fix
Music by Shelly Manne
Cinematography Harry Stradling, Jr.
Edited by Otho Lovering
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • 1969 (1969)
Running time
89 min
Country United States
Language English

Young Billy Young is a 1969 western movie starring Robert Mitchum and featuring Angie Dickinson, Robert Walker, Jr. (in the title role), David Carradine, Jack Kelly (who plays a villain and dresses exactly as he had for his role on television's Maverick), Deana Martin and Paul Fix. The film was written by Heck Allen (from his novel) and Burt Kennedy, and directed by Kennedy.


On the trail, Ben Kane, a former Dodge City lawman, comes across Billy Young, who has no horse and was abandoned by partner Jesse Boone soon after the killing of a Mexican general.

Kane lets young Billy accompany him to a town in New Mexico where he has a job waiting for him as deputy sheriff. Kane's real aim is to find the man who murdered his son.

In town, Kane learns from dance-hall girl Lily Beloit that two men who run the town, John Behan and Frank Boone, secretly intend to gun down Kane first chance they get. Frank Boone may be the one Kane is looking for, but Jesse, who is Frank's son, lands in jail first, accused of shooting Doc Cushman.

Kane and Lily become lovers. Billy, meanwhile, springs Jesse from jail, but feels guilty once Lily reveals to him what happened to Kane's son. After he deals with Behan and the older Boone, the deputy turns in his badge, but recommends Billy for the job.



The movie was filmed on location at Old Tucson, Arizona.


Howard Thompson of the New York Times thought the movie seemed like a mediocre television show, however he found Mitchum and Robert Walker Jr. entertaining: "The picture .. contains two casually expert performances by two professionals, namely Mitchum and young Walker, who also share some tangy, amusing dialogue. Even in a walk-through set-up, Mitchum can do laconic wonders with a good wise-crack, such as the devastating one that closes the picture."[1]


Young Billy Young
Soundtrack album by Shelly Manne
Released 1969
Recorded 1969
Genre Film score
Length 29:37
Label United Artists
UAS 5199
Producer Shelly Manne
Shelly Manne chronology
Young Billy Young

The film score was composed, arranged and conducted by Shelly Manne, and the soundtrack album was released on the United Artists label in 1969.[2] The main title, sung by Billy Edd Wheeler, was also released as a single.[3]

Track listing

All compositions by Shelly Manne except as indicated

  1. "Young Billy Young (Main Title)" (Shelly Manne, Ernie Sheldon) - 4:09
  2. "Mexican Soldiers" - 1:55
  3. "Kane's Vision" - 2:42
  4. "Stagecoach Stomp" - 2:18
  5. "Lily and Kane (Love Theme)" - 3:13
  6. "The Train (Pup Tent)" - 2:31
  7. "Jail Surrounded" - 3:55
  8. "Quicksand" - 3:21
  9. "Boone Done In" - 2:24
  10. "Young Billy Young (Reprise)" (Manne, Sheldon) - 2:52

See also


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