The Left Handed Gun

N.p. N.p., Circa 1958. Vintage reference photograph of Paul Newman and Arthur Penn on the set of the 1958 film.

Based on the 1955 teleplay "The Death of Billy the Kid" written by Gore Vidal for the NBC television series "The Pilco-Goodyear Television Playhouse," which also starred Paul Newman in the lead. Gore Vidal was reportedly displeased with Penn's adaptation, and in 1989 it was remade from his original script as the TNT television film "Billy the Kid," directed by William Graham, and starring Val Kilmer and Duncan Regehr.

Arthur Penn's directorial debut.

William Bonney, aka Billy the Kid, avenges the murder of a cattle boss friend, John Tunstall, by the local sheriff in the Lincoln County War, and endangers his friends and the territorial amnesty, leading to his former friend, now sheriff, Pat Garrett (John Dehner), setting out to capture him.

Although faring poorly at the US box office at the time of its release, it was praised by French critics and is now considered a bold example of an early Revisionist Western.

Set in the 1870s New Mexico territory.

8 x 10 inches. Near Fine.

Scorcese, A Personal Journey Through American Movies.


[Book #150861]

Price: $350.00